The Lagos State Police Command Friday rescinded its threat to stop the
anti-government protest slated for Monday by pop star Innocent Idibia
popularly known as TuFace .
The two sides met today and resolved to modify their hard line positions, according to Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni.
Owoseni explained that the police were concerned about the safety of
residents of Lagos, including the protesters and would not want anything
untoward to happen to them.
He said: “We had a meeting with the protesters and we explained to them
why we advised against the protest. A pro-government group wants to
protest that same day and we don’t want a situation where there would be
“We also don’t want hooligans to hijack the process and injure the protesters.
“After explaining to them, they said they will go back and discuss with
others. They said if they decide to go ahead, they won’t demonstrate but
would assemble at a point and read their demands.
“That notwithstanding, we have resolved to provide security for them. It
is our responsibility and we won’t shy away from it. We will ensure
trouble makers do not hijack the process.”
The Presidency also declared that it has nothing against the protest and
that Tuface and other Nigerians are entitled to express themselves in