2face Idibia Photo: TheNet

By Victor Ernest

Lagos-based lawyer Malcolm Omirhobo has filed a suit challenging the alleged intimidation of Nigerian Musician, Innocent Idibia, a.k.a. 2face, which led to the disruption of his planned protest.

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The musician, who now prefers to be called 2baba, planned a nationwide protest on 6 February, against the inadequacies of the Federal Government and the hardship faced by Nigerians.

But with barely 24 hours to the D-Day, the singer took to his Instagram page to announce the cancellation of the planned march, citing insecurity as reason for the cancellation.

So, Omirhobo, who among others, believes that the African Queeen crooner was coerced by the police and the government to make the announcement, filed a fundamental human rights suit on Monday.

Screenshot of 2face announcing the cancellation of the planned protest as posted on his Instagram handle

The suit

In the suit numbered FHC/CS/ 842/17, the lawyer is seeking among other reliefs, a declaration that by the combined effects of Sections 39 to 41 of the constitution, it is the duty of the police to provide security for intending protesters.

Joined as respondents in the suit are: the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF). the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Attorney-General of Lagos State.

His demands

Omirhobo is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further issuing threat statements to members of the public, and other interest groups from exercising their fundamental rights.

The applicant also calls for a public apology from the respondents for frustrating a planned peaceful protest.

The presiding Judge, Justice Chuka Obiozor, however, adjourned the suit to October 11 because there was no legal representation for the respondents.