By Emmanuel Udom
Comrade Kenny Bakare, chairman, Lagos state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, is blunt, fearless and outspoken.
Bakare told our correspondent point-blank the reasons the recently staged OccupyLekki protest, in Lagos, recorded low turnout and was therefore a failure.
The CLO scribe told said those who think the Nigeria Police Force is against protests are dead wrong.
The police have a duty to enforce la and order, even during peaceful, legitimate protest.
If any person or organization is planning to stage a protest to compel government or any agency to redress and real or imaginary injustice, oppression, intimidation, such person or group ought to write first to the police, he said.
In the letter to the police, the reasons for the protest, date and take-off point should be stated, while the police have the right to invite the organizers to meet and iron out grey areas, before approval
We in CLO due follow due process and the police have ensured that our protests are well protested.
But, the OccupyLekki protesters possibly capitalized on the success recorded during the ENDSARS protest and wanted to press further, without following due process, which led to the failure of their protest, he explained.