Nigerians do not need a police authorization to organize a protest, according to the #RevolutionNow Movement.
The Lagos State Police Command has previously stated that any commemoration of the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests would be met with violence.
According to the command, some “unidentified groups” are planned an anti-EndSARS protest on the same day.
However, it stated that it would only accept indoor and virtual events, with security provided at such locations.
Nigerians demonstrated against the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a section of the Nigeria Police Force known for extrajudicial killings and human rights violations, in October 2020.
The #EndSARS demonstration was later hijacked by hoodlums, who killed people and destroyed public buildings.
In a statement released on Tuesday, RevolutionNow Movement stated that it is the obligation of police officers to safeguard peaceful protestors.
Protests are a citizen’s fundamental right, according to the group, and Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu “shall be personally held accountable if anything untoward occurs to any Nigerian citizen engaging in legitimate protest during the #EndSARS anniversary,” according to the group.
The group added, “Our attention has been drawn to the latest statement credited to the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police to the effect that no ‘street protests’ will be allowed tomorrow to mark the historic #EndSARS rebellion of 2020 and its attendant fallout due to police repression and Nigerian army’s murderous intervention.
“We state unequivocally that it is not within the powers of the Nigerian police to stop citizens from engaging in street protests, the right to engage in protest against unjust policies, tyranny and oppression is an inalienable right and as such these latest claims are at best superfluous and belligerently arrogant.
“We urge the police authorities to ensure they carry out their duties to protect protesters who will be on the streets by way of cars, bicycles, tricycles, skateboards and by foot all over Lagos and its environs tomorrow.
“The Lagos state police commissioner will be personally held liable if anything untoward happens to any Nigerian citizen engaging in lawful protest during the #EndSARS anniversary. We urge our compatriots to remain steadfast and prepare fully to carry out their conscientious duties and historical tasks tomorrow.”