The acting inspector general of police, Kayode Egbetokun, has issued a warning against violent protests that may be caused by hoodlums taking advantage in advance of the national protest action requested by the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.
He claimed that the warning was issued as a result of the prior, despicable experiences of such protests in the majority of the country’s main cosmopolitan cities.
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This was announced in a statement released on Tuesday by ACP.uyiwa Adejobi, the force’s public relations officer.
The statement states, “The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have scheduled nationwide rallies, and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, is very concerned about recent developments about these planned protests.
“The IGP, however, acknowledges the grievances raised by the labour unions and the importance of constructive dialogue, which is sine qua none, in addressing these issues.
“In light of this, the IGP orders the Commissioners of Police in charge of various commands, and supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, to engage in fruitful discussions with the NLC/TUC leadership to foster understanding and reach common grounds on the planned protests.
“A peaceful and coordinated approach is crucial to achieving meaningful solutions and preventing any form of violence or disruptions to public order, should the protests persist.
“The Nigeria Police Force reiterates its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens during the period of the planned protests as all necessary measures to facilitate the peaceful conduct of these demonstrations have been emplaced.
“However, it is hereby reaffirmed that any attempt by miscreants to exploit the situation for violent purposes viz-a-viz vandalism, gangsterism, and extortion will be met with firm, professional and commensurate lawful approach.
“The Police will not tolerate any act that threatens the peace and well-being of our country.
“In light of the potential challenges posed by the planned protests, the Nigeria Police Force is fully prepared to deploy all available resources to maintain law and order and to protect the lives and property of our citizens.
“The IGP consequently requests that all officers maintain the greatest standards of professionalism, vigilance, and behaviour throughout this time.
“The head of the police department appeals to all parties, including the NLC, TUC, and other civil society organisations, to adopt peaceful conversation as the most efficient way to settle disputes.
“He reiterated the police’s commitment to fostering an atmosphere that is safe and supportive of candid communication, positive participation, and mutual understanding for the seamless exercise of civil rights.”
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