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  • Updated: February 27, 2024

Labour protest: Police deploy personnel ahead of demonstration

Labour protest: Police deploy personnel ahead of demonstrati

The Police announced on Monday that they have mobilized personnel and heightened vigilance in anticipation of the proposed protests by members of the organized labor on February 27 and February 28.

Speaking in a statement issued in Abuja, the Force spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, emphasized that the deployment was a proactive measure to ensure public safety and uphold the right to peaceful protest as enshrined in the nation's laws.

Adejobi reiterated the Police's commitment to safeguarding the rights and freedoms of protesters while maintaining law and order during the demonstrations.

“In line with its lawful duty to maintain law and order, the Nigeria police force has deployed personnel nationwide and placed them on red alert to monitor the planned protest.

“All Commissioners of Police and their respective supervising officers have been briefed and instructed to coordinate the officers on ground in ensuring the safety and security of all the protesters.

“While recognising the importance of peaceful protest, the force remains vigilant against any attempts to hijack such protests by individuals or groups with sinister intents,” he said.

He said the force was fully prepared to respond swiftly and decisively to unlawful activities or acts of violence targeted at threatening public peace, safety and security.

According to him, it is vital to state that the police have spread their tentacles nationwide to curb any attempt by some individuals who may want to leverage the nationwide protests to create a brouhaha.

He said the police would not allow the wanton breakdown of law and order, loss of lives and property as experienced, in some instances, in the past, in parts of the country.

Adejobi said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Olukayode Egbetokun, had called on the protesters to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly.

The IGP enjoined organised labour to adhere to the principles of non-violence and respect for the rights of others. 

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