Lagos—Despite a police order to shelve the protest, lawyers of the Ikeja chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, yesterday protested in Lagos against the new Land Use Charge, LUC, introduced by the state government.
The protest held less than 24 hours after a police siege at the lawyers’ secretariat in Lagos ostensibly to arrest key officials of the association.
Joining the Ikeja NBA at the protest were the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Joint Action Front, JAF, among other civil society groups.
The protest was staged in different parts of Lagos including the Tejuosho market in Yaba; Ojuelegba; Ayilara and Itire road; Agege market; and the Pen Cinema roundabout.
Addressing the crowd, Adeshina Ogunlana, the Chairman of the Ikeja NBA, reiterated his earlier position that Lagosians should ignore any LUC notice served them by the state government.
Ogunlana said: “Do not pay these taxes. Lagos belongs to the people and not the government. It wants to use your head to build a mega city. Our protest is a continuation of the sensitisation of the people not to pay Governor Ambode’s toxic tax. They think they can do anything and get away with it but we are opposing and we call on well-meaning Lagosians to oppose it and we are sure the tax will not hold in Lagos.’’
Mr. Ogunlana said those in government in Lagos were enemies of the people, noting that they had forgotten that “the same people they are trying to kill voted them into office.”