By Mustapha Ogunsakin
Nigerian Bar Association(NBA), Ikeja branch on Thursday insists that her scheduled protest against the Land Use Charge laws of Lagos State will go on regardless of the visit of President Muhammad Buhari to Lagos.
In an update, Chairman of the branch, Adesina Ogunlana enjoined all lawyers of the branch to come the NBA Bar Center at 2.00pm. He however promised that the protest will be peaceful. He further narrated his experience with the police yesterday Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
Excerpts: “TIGER BAR NEWS UPDATE : Yesterday Wednesday 27/3/2018 , gun totting police invaded our secretariat numbering about a hundred. They came with no less than thirteen Hilux vans and led by a Deputy Commissioner of Police , Mr A Mohammed . Time was about 4-00 pm The DCP engaged me in my office over our intention to hold our protest against GATT ( Governor AMBODE Toxic Taxes) , the extremely unpopular and massively rejected LAND USE CHARGE 2018 today 28-3/2018 .
According to the DCP, the protest will cause a scare and embarrassment . I asked him ‘ Who’ the gentleman replied ‘ The people’ I laughed and told him that our protest will take place but not at IKEJA and not before 2-00pm . The police officer persisted in demanding for a shift of the date of protest , despite my equal insistence on 28/3/2018 considering our shift in period and place of the protest . Suddenly at about 6 00 pm, a letter came from the CP LAGOS inviting me to his office for 7.00 pm over an allegation of conduct likely to cause breach of the peace .
By this time I had summoned an emergency meeting of the Branch and so more and more Tigers were trooping in , all enraged at the invasion of their secretariat and vowing the resistance of my arrest.
Then journalists started the calls and stories began to fly . The Police too sent out information that that I was being sponsored by ‘ disgruntled politicians’ and that they would arrest Tigers if they hold a protest today .
Then the Oba of Lagos himself a lawyer called me and spoke like our Royal Father that his Majesty is , assuring that the throne is concerned about the GATT too and working on the Government for a reconsideration .
We believe that Kabiyesi heart felt prayers for us are answered already . At about 7 30 pm , our hall became rowdy as Tigers engaged an overzealous and rude police officer and ejected him from the Bar Centre . Some thirty minutes later , the Police withdrew .
I wish to put the following on record : the protest of today, 28/3/2018 against GATT goes on , Tigers meet by 2-00 pm for the programme , any other interested persons, should join us on the condition that they participate under our captaincy and direction. THE PROTEST IS PEACEFUL PROTEST .Thank you.
Credit: Adesina Ademola Ogunlana, ESQ., CHAIRMAN NBA IKEJA(TIGER) BAR.