The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar on Sunday issued a stern warning to citizens and influential persons, against making comments which may cause volatile reactions and jeopardise the peace of the State.
In a press statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the citizens who make “the use of unguarded, inflammatory, and unsubstantiated statements, some of which are capable of causing the breach of public peace” were warned against such acts and advised to desist from them else face the consequences.
According to Mba, “the Force is not ignorant of the fundamental Rights of the citizens such as the Rights to freedom of speech” but “it will not condone any such provocative, divisive and inciting comments that are clearly uncorroborated by any fact or evidential proof.”
“Such statements are capable of desecrating our national symbol and identity and promoting a regime of lawlessness,” he said, warning that any of such utterances will be met with appropriate legal sanctions.
“The IGP therefore, urges all Nigerians to emulate the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari and others who recently have boldly taken a firm stance against terrorism.”
The IGP maintained that the there was a need for such courage and uncommon patriotism from all opinion leaders, in light of the nation’s fight against insecurity, adding that “the unrelenting war against terrorism and other related crimes must be won with the cooperation of all Nigerians.”
This is coming after the Lagos State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party called on the State Security Service (SSS), to arrest the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly making comments capable of worsening the country’s security challenges.