The #RevolutionNow Movement says Nigerians do not need any police permit to organise a protest.
The Lagos State Police Command had said it would not tolerate any demonstration to commemorate the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protests.
The command said it has intelligence that some “faceless groups” are planning an anti-EndSARS protest on the same day.
It, however, said it would only allow indoor and virtual events, adding that security will the provided at such venues.
Nigerians had, in October 2020, protested against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force notorious for extrajudicial killings and human rights violations.
The protest, tagged #EndSARS, was later hijacked by hoodlums, leading to killings and destruction of public buildings.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, RevolutionNow Movement said the responsibility of policemen is to offer protection to peaceful protesters.
The group described protests as the fundamental right of citizens, adding that Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Police Commissioner “will be personally held liable if anything untoward happens to any Nigerian citizen engaging in lawful protest during the #EndSARS anniversary”.
The group added, “Our attention has been drawn to the latest statement credited to the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police to the effect that no ‘street protests’ will be allowed tomorrow to mark the historic #EndSARS rebellion of 2020 and its attendant fallout due to police repression and Nigerian army’s murderous intervention.
“We state unequivocally that it is not within the powers of the Nigerian police to stop citizens from engaging in street protests, the right to engage in protest against unjust policies, tyranny and oppression is an inalienable right and as such these latest claims are at best superfluous and belligerently arrogant.
“We urge the police authorities to ensure they carry out their duties to protect protesters who will be on the streets by way of cars, bicycles, tricycles, skateboards and by foot all over Lagos and its environs tomorrow.
“The Lagos state police commissioner will be personally held liable if anything untoward happens to any Nigerian citizen engaging in lawful protest during the #EndSARS anniversary. We urge our compatriots to remain steadfast and prepare fully to carry out their conscientious duties and historical tasks tomorrow.”