National association of nigerian students has shown bitter eyes towards the brutalizations of nigerian students which is uncall for and barbaric to rightful education.
However, it is beyond a reasonable doubt that one’s have to go through various stages in life before his/her principal calling to various profession in life, why education is the grandfather of whatever career man could choose in life.
several reportings of such brutalizations has become predominant whenever the students prepare a ground for assemblage in term of agitating for their right, this is as a result of whenever there’s bone of contention between the management and the students as regards to the issues of hike in school fee which could result to barricadings, and blockage of vehicular movements.
The separation of police force and goverment is considered as a tenet of liberal democracy , the separation of power assist in ensuring that the police are not used in partisan to Harass and punish dissident , uncompromising attitude to protest , prioritises enforcing the law regardless of consequences to promote peace and generally to make arrest I’m a situation where the offences are serious and of balance risk of life and property in not making the arrest outweighs the risk of life and property associated with making the arrest .
Furthermore, In democratic states, policing should comply with the law, be accountable and respect human rights.
POLICE TACTICS AT PROTEST.
Police often Play a strategies and logistics roles at a protest Which is most often designed to maintain balance and control. (Anderson ) in 1998 as quoted non-verbally , Police often make mistakes, misinterpret the situation and chose highly ineffective tactic.
There are four very common police approaches to controlling protest actions:
1. Negotiation and directives – Commands, orders, threats, bluff or negotiations
2. Accommodation – Standing by and watching
3. Containment – Fences, barriers, police lines, horses etc.
4. Use of Force and the Law – Arrest, force, use of weapons and violence.
Police powers & your rights
This section covers in detail the powers that police have to arrest, charge, or question you before and during an arrest.
The formal power of police is less than is popularly imagined, and can be challenged. Much police power depends on bluff and bullying. When police insist on your “cooperation” they really mean that they want your obedience.
Police have a sworn duty to stop or prevent a “breach of the peace”, which means that they may intervene, for instance, to stop damage to property or to stop a fight.
It is rare for police to exercise this power in anticipation of a breach of the peace.
The power to prevent breaches of the peace does not necessarily entitle police to take you away somewhere, or take your property (such as a banner) unless this is absolutely necessary to stop or prevent a breach of the peace.
While recent amendments to the Summary Offences Act have broadened police powers to move people on, those powers are inapplicable in certain circumstances – mostly in relation to freedom of speech and assembly. Move on powers do not apply to people who, whether alone or with others are:
Picketing a place of employment
Demonstrating or protesting about a particular issue Speaking, bearing or otherwise identifying with a banner, placard or sign or otherwise behaving in a way that is apparently intended to publicise the person’s view about a particular issue Note, however, that the recent amendments also introduced a broad offence for “disorderly conduct”. A person can be arrested for disorderly conduct.
For a short guide on your basic rights when arrested go to Activist legal rights.
Nigerian Students say no to police brutality treatment of students.
No to extortion of students by the police.
We demand rightful and unvictimize of peaceful protest.
We demand proper funding of education by Atleast 26% of budget.