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 citizens.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, who was quoted in a statement by the Force Spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made the point clear, that the police will not tolerate any act that would threaten the peace and well-being of the country.
“The IGP therefore calls on all officers to be vigilant, professional, and uphold the highest standards of conduct during this period”.
The police boss urges all stakeholders, including the NLC, TUC, and other civil society groups, to embrace peaceful dialogue as the most effective means of resolving grievances, while also reemphasizing that the police is committed to ensuring a secure and conducive environment for open dialogue, constructive engagement and mutual understanding for a seamless exercise of civil rights.”
The Nigeria Police Force reiterated its commitment to ensure the safety and security of all citizens during the period of the 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.”