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FG:Protesting students violated the law by blocking Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting ruled by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, informed the State House correspondents, stating that the Federal Government said that protesting members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, who obstructed the Lagos-Ibadan expressway infringed the country’s law.

He said that the constitution, as amended, recognises and protects citizens’ right to public protests but does not encourage any Nigerian to “cause pain and damage to other people.”

According to reports, the protest caused a stalemate on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, leaving motorists and passengers stranded and the protest took place just after the Sagamu interaction section of the expressway, towards Lagos.

Fashola appealed for more patience from Nigerians, saying there was no alternative route in the already built-up areas.

He said: “Once again, I apologise and empathise with commuters who need that place to get on with their lives.

‘’It’s the place we left to the last really because it’s the most built-up area, the last six kilometres into Lagos; very densely populated and occupied.

There’s very little room for alternative routes for people. So, you just have to bear with us.

“I also heard that some affronted students, under the support of NANS, are going to the road to protest.

My respectful view is that it is not helpful at all to the citizens.

“The right to protest is a very well-protected right in our constitution, but it does not include the right to inflict pain and inconvenience on other people.

And so, whilst the protests can go on, they should refrain from blocking the road in order to do their protests. That in itself is a violation of the law.”