NLC Protest: Police Place Personnel On Red Alert Nationwide

Following the scheduled protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has deployed personnel nationwide and placed them on red alert to ensure peaceful protest.

The Force expressed its commitment to ensuring the rights and freedom of protesters are protected but warned impostors against hijacking the protest.

The Force Public Relations Officer,
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday, February 26, 2024, said, 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 participants if the protests hold as planned.

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ACP Adejobi said, while recognizing the importance of peaceful protest, the Nigeria Police Force remains vigilant against any attempts to hijack such protests by individuals or groups of persons with sinister intents, adding that the Force is fully prepared to respond swiftly and decisively to any unlawful activities or acts of violence that may threaten peace, public safety, and security in the event of such.

He added that it is vital to state that the Police has spread its tentacles nationwide to curb any attempt by some individuals who might want to leverage the nationwide protests, to create a brouhaha, and such will be met with an approved legal and proportional force as the Police will not allow wanton break down of law and order, loss of lives and property like we had experienced, in some instances, in the past, in any part of the country.

According to him, “the Inspector-General of Police urged all participants at the proposed protest to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly, adhering to the principles of non-violence and respect for the rights of others.

“He also calls on the organizers to cooperate with the Police and other relevant security agencies in ensuring that their protests remain peaceful and orderly even as the NPF works tirelessly to ensure that protests are conducted in a safe environment, conducive to the promotion of democracy and the rule of law in Nigeria”, Adejobi said.

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