NLC demands Sowore, other protesters’ release

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has demanded the immediate release of Omoyele Sowore and other protesters arrested in relation to RevolutionNow protest.

In a statement NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, released, it hit out at the police saying it was within the right of the detainees to protest.

The statement reads: “It is with deep consternation that we view the attacks and arrests of peaceful protesters in some parts of the country by security agencies and military personnel on Monday during a protest by some Nigerians in Lagos, Osogbo, Ibadan, Abuja and other cities.

“There is nowhere in our constitution or laws that the security agencies are empowered to so brazenly attack peaceful protests and hound its organisers into detention as the right to peaceful protests, assembly and association is fully guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under sections 39 and 40.

“We view the violent attack on the peaceful protesters by security forces as a total violation of the fundamental rights of not just the protesters but all Nigerian citizens as guaranteed by the constitution as well as various reported judgements of our Courts.”

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