The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the arrests of over 30 #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters by the police in Lagos.
NBA president, Olumide Akpatain a statement via his official Twitter handle on Saturday, said the arrests is against the fundamental rights of the protesters.
He however promised NBA will provide voluntary legal representation for all persons arrested.
Akpatain tweeted, “The images & footages of the unlawful actions of the Nigerian Police at the Lekki Tollgate Lagos are truly shocking. The @NigBarAssoc condemns the brazen disrespect for the fundamental rights of unarmed citizens who are merely exercising their rights to peaceful protests.
“We are currently working together with members of our Association to ensure the release of those detained. At the moment, we understand that the detainees are spread across Panti, Adeniji and Ikeja Police Stations and that they are currently being denied access to their Lawyers.“This is totally unacceptable and we call on the Police to immediately release them or allow them unhindered access to their lawyers. For protesters who do not have legal representation, the @NigBarAssoc is setting up a team of volunteer lawyers who will immediately represent them.”
The youths had earlier protested against the decision of the Lagos judicial panel, which had permitted the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) resume operations at the tollgate.
Operations at the tollgate had been suspended since October 2020, after alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters.