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“June 12 Protest Will Hold In Calabar, Despite Government’s Threats — Agba Jalingo says

"June 12 Protest Will Hold In Calabar, Despite Government's Threats — Agba Jalingo says

Oyogist has learned that Nigerian activist and presenter, Agba Jalingo has said that the planned protest in Calabar, Cross River State, will hold, despite threats by the state government.

Jalingo said one of the Protest organisers got invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) already over the planned protest, noting that the protest will continue regardless.

He said, “When Governor Ayade defected, both APC and PDP could hold rallies and gather to address their supporters, but for the impending June 12 nationwide protest, the state government is reminding us in a statement that public gatherings are still banned. It’s a lie. We will protest. The worst is that we will be tear-gassed, arrested, detained and arraigned in court.“The DSS in Calabar has already invited and questioned Jonathan Ugbal, twice over the planned protest, while we didn’t hear that anyone was invited when APC and PDP supporters wanted to gather after Governor Ayade defected. “When did the gathering of activists who seek to change society, become a crime while that of criminal politicians who have ruined our lives become a given?“Our state cannot be governed by two different sets of laws. It is the same human beings who went to listen to the politicians that will be coming out to protest. Whoever thinks he/she can take away the people’s constitutional right to freely gather and disagree with their government, is a callous dictator and must be resisted and resistance we shall do.“June 12 protest will hold in Calabar and as usual, we will expect the cops to come and tear-gas and disperse us and make headlines for us. But to think that we will be deterred is a big lie. We are all freeborns of the same country.”

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