Nigerian Police vow to stop Feb. 6 nationwide protests

Nigerian Police vow to stop Feb. 6 nationwide protests


By Busari Yusuf

The Lagos state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, says that popular hip-hop star, Innocent Ujah Idibia, popularly known as 2face, would not be allowed to embark on any protest within the state.

The artiste who lent his support to the Nigeria First Partner rally slated to hold on the 6th of February, 2017, stated on his Instagram page, that he would be leading the protest against the Federal Government’s handling of the economy among other issues.

Owoseni said the police was not ready for that kind of demonstration. He stated that the police has received an intelligence report that criminals were planning to hijack the process to wreak havoc in the state.
According to him, no matter how good an intention is, hoodlums would always find a way to harass, rob and attack innocent members of the public who may wish to go about their lawful duties.

“We know that 2face Idibia does not have the capacity to contain such crowd and we would not fold our hands and watch while things go out of hand”, he stressed.

At a press conference held earlier in the week, the state commissioner said, “the civil society had said that they do not need the police permission to carry out any peaceful protest, but they should also be aware that there might be those who share opposing views. This set of persons may want to disrupt the peaceful demonstration and want to attack demonstrators.

This is why we advise individuals or group of persons who may wish to embark on civil demonstration to inform the police so that adequate security arrangement would be provided”.

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