Lagos NBA Resist Police Attempt To Arrest Ogunlana, Vows To Go Ahead With Protest Against Land Use Charge
The Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said no degree of police intimidation will halt its planned protest against the Land Use Charge introduced by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
The planned protest coincides with the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos, who is scheduled to commission the Ikeja Bus Terminal and Chair the Bola Tinubu Colloquium which is holding today at the Eko Hotel and Suites.
On Wednesday, about 50 policemen had laid siege at the Bar Centre in Ikeja, in a desperate attempt to arrest its Chairman, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana.
Recall that on March 13, the NBA and human rights groups had took to the streets of Lagos to protest the over 400 per cent hike in land use charge and other taxes by the Lagos State Government.
In a surprising move, the police invasion came few hours after Ogunlana addressed a press conference stating the resolve of the NBA to return to the streets on Thursday in continuation of its protest against the new Lagos State Land Use Charge 2018.
Mr Ogunlana, who was held up in his office subsequently reached out to members of his Exco and other members of the branch who turned up in large numbers to prevent his arrest.
He said when the police authorities noticed this, they promptly sent a letter written by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Imohimi Edgal asking him to report to the police headquarters.
The letter titled “Invitation Letter, Re: Case of Threat to Public Peace /Conduct likely to cause breach of peace” reads in part, “This office is investigating the above-mentioned case reported through a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Ikeja.
“In furtherance to my investigation, you are requested to report to the undersigned on the 28th of March, 2018 by 1900hrs through O/C “X” Squad, who has been detailed by the Commissioner of Police to investigate the case. Your co-operation in this regard will be highly appreciated please.”