The Nigerian Law Reform Commission Thursday in Abuja said that some provisions of the Public Order Act which require Nigerians to obtain permit from the police before holding public rallies are unconstitutional.
Speaking at a workshop on the reform of the Public Order Act, the Chairman of the NLRC, Professor Oserheimen? Osunbor said the law was enacted in 1999 under a military regime.
He noted that since the country returned to civilian rule in 1999, the Act had come under serious criticism because its requirement for ?a licence was considered inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution.
The Act requires, ‘an application for licence’ from the governor or police before a lawful public assembly can hold.