Why We Dispersed Protesters In Abuja – Police

The FCT Police command has explained why it dispersed some protesters under the auspices of Our-Mumu-Don-do Movement at Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja.

The Police in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said some miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements had infiltrated the protest hence the need to intervene and prevent a total breakdown of law and order.

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“It will be recalled that ‘Our-Mumu-Don-do Movement’ carried out their protest on Monday 7th August, 2017 at the same venue and were accorded necessary Police presence to safe guard public safety and public peace, and protect their rights to freedom of expression, rights to peaceful Assembly and Association, and right to freedom of movement as provided for in sections 39, 40, and 41 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

“However, today 8th August, 2017 the same group assembled at the same venue but allowed miscreants, hoodlums and other unruly individuals to infiltrate the protests, who started blocking the major roads adjoining the Unity fountain, obstructing traffic and preventing movements of other innocent citizens from going to their means of livelihood, and thereby exhibiting unruly behaviors and other violent acts very likely to cause the breakdown of law and order and disturbance of public peace.

“The Police personnel intervened at the point that the concerned Nigerians Group lost control of the crowd and prevented miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements from hijacking the protest to cause mayhem and chaos.

“It is pertinent to state here that the FCT Police command is fully aware and recognizes the constitutional rights of every citizen including “ Our Mumu Don Do group” to assemble and move freely in any part of the Federal Capital Territory, but the command will not allow any protest under any guise to turn violent and jeopardise the prevailing peace, law and order currently being enjoyed in the FCT.

“The command wishes to assure all residents and visitors to the territory of adequate security and protection of lives and property of everyone including those who choose to express their constitutional rights of protest with decorum.”

Consequently, the Police called on residents to caution their wards not be instrumental in the breakdown of law and order in the society.

“Members of the public, parents and guardians, religious/opinion leaders and other interest groups are advised to prevail on their children and wards, followers and adherents not to allow themselves to be used by any group to cause disturbance of public peace and break down of law and order,” the statement read.

The protesters under the ageis of Concerned Nigerians took to the streets on Monday asking the President to resume or resign while demanding details of his health status.

The demand follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s absence from office as a result of challenges surrounding his health.

He has been in the United Kingdom for over 90 days where he has been receiving medical treatment.

Policemen Storm Ojota To Prevent Convergence Of Protesters

protest3Police officers have gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park at the Ojota area of Lagos state, where protesters were matching to, from the National Stadium.

The uniformed men in their dozens, arrived in patrol vehicles and an armored truck to prevent protesters from converging.

Although regular activities still continue around the park which has been themed the ‘Freedom Park’, after hosting the famous ‘Occupy Nigeria’ protest in 2012, the uniformed men were seen urging passersby to keep walking as they discouraged any form of gathering.

Hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the #I Stand With Nigeria group, gathered early on Monday, to protest what they described as “unfavourable government policies” of the Nigerian government.

Corporate Affairs Commission Customers Protest In Abuja

ProtestAccredited customers of the Corporate Affairs Commission, C.A.C, on Monday morning in Abuja, staged a protest at the commission’s headquarters and in the process disrupted services.

The group, consisting of lawyers, chartered accountants and secretaries across the country, blocked the entrance of the commission demanding for explanations to issues bordering on service deliveries and multiple payments.

According to the group, clients have lost confidence in them because management of the C.A.C have failed to deliver in their services.

They accused the management of poor service delivery and multiple payments from customers.

Meanwhile, management of the C.A.C says the situation is a minor issue that would be rectified within 24 hours.

They insisted they were doing all they could to provide good services to customers.

The Registrar-General of the C.A.C, Bello Mahmud, blamed the commission’s woes on a service provider who shut their server for two weeks. They claimed that the vendor had no rights to shut their server since they had kept their side of the agreement.

The commission also denied allegations by protesters that the disruption of services has led to loss of information, as the commission has no back-ups, hence the issues of multiple payments.

NNPC Workers Storm Abuja, Protest Sale Of Refineries

Workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have protested the plan by the Nigerian government to sell the nation’s oil refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt to private investors in the first quarter of 2014.

The protest was held under the umbrella of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria [PENGASSAN].

The workers, who came out in their numbers at the headquarters of the corporation in Abuja, said that the planned sale of the refineries is a wrong move by the Federal Government.

The Group Chairman of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], Richard Otovwievwiere, said that the workers were opposed to the sale of the refineries as it would impact negatively on the nation’s economy.

He said that the union members have not been treated well by the government, accusing the government of trying to take their wealth.