February 25, 2024

Hardship: Falana seeks protection for NLC protesters, writes AGF


Human rights advocate, Femi Falana, has asked the Attorney General Of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, to provide security for demonstrators, amid the planned protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the hardship faced by Nigerians.

Recall that he NLC will on Tuesday, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28 protest following the spike in the prices of goods and services due to the removal of fuel subsidy and the free fall of the naira.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in a letter dated February 24 and addressed to the Attorney General of the Federation, said Section 83(4) of the Police Establishment Act empowers the Minister of Justice to provide security cover for the protesters.

Falana also called on the organised labour to conduct their scheduled rallies peacefully void of violence.

The letter partly reads, “While we have advised the members of the NLC to conduct the rallies scheduled for February 27-28, 2024 in a peaceful manner, we urge you to use your good offices to direct the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security to the conveners and participants in the protest in line with the provisions of Section 83(4) of the Police Establishment Act.

“Finally, while awaiting your favourable reply to this letter, please accept, as usual, the assurance of our highest esteem.”