The Executive Secretary of Anti-Corruption Network, a Civil Society Organisation, Mr Dino Melaye, has decried the disruption of a protest by the Nigeria Police in Abuja.
In an interview with Channels Television shortly after the protest was disrupted, Mr Melaye said that the group embarked on the peaceful march to protest the political crisis rocking Rivers State and the need to arrest the situation.
The Anti-Corruption Network are demanding the removal of Mr Joseph Mbu as the Rivers State Commissioner of Police as a means of restoring peace to the state.
“We are going to submit a petition, we are peaceful Nigerians with women, some pregnant and carrying children and we expected them to show civility and responsibility but lo and behold, the police shot sporadically, media men being chased, one camera was smashed.
“In a democratic setting, we have the constitutional power to demonstrate in a protest peacefully. We will not retreat, we will not surrender, the battle to salvage our country from these canker-worms of financial scavengers is a battle of no retreat, no surrender,” Maleye stated.
He vowed to continue with the struggle no matter the intimidation.
“We will fight by the last drop of our blood, democracy will continue to be government of the people for the people and by the people and not government of the greedy for the greedy by the greedy. It is now obvious more than ever that the Presidency and the PDP are behind the instability and impunity going on in Rivers State,” the former House of Representatives member said.
Protesters marched down from the NITEL Junction, along Ahmadu Bello Way at Wuse II at about 11: 20 am to the Ministry of Police Affairs Premises in the Federal Secretariat when they were blocked at the ThisDay Dome Junction by armed policemen.