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Yar’Adua : Police to stop protesters getting to Aso Rock

…nabbed alleged killers of AIT’s staff

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJA—24 hours to the planned protest of the Save Nigeria Group, SNG, against continued absence of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua from national limelight due to illness and refusal of the Federal Executive Council to invoke Section 144 and declare him incapacitated, the Police in Abuja said it would not allow the protesters to move near the Presidential villa, destination of the protesters.

FCT Police Commissioner, Haruna John who made this disclosure yesterday, also paraded five youths aged between 18 and 21 years who allegedly murdered the late AIT reporter, Efenji-Efenji on 14th February this year when he took his family out for a valentine’s day outing.

The CP noted that following the tragedy that gripped the nation last Sunday when about 500 innocent Nigerians, especially women and children were massacred in Jos, it was expected, like it is done in other countries, that these eminent Nigerians would call for a day of national mourning for the dead but instead, choose to come out to protest political issues at the expense of hundreds of lives.

Said the CP, “You recalled that on 12 January 2010, the SNG embarked on a protest march concerning the political situation in the country. The notified the police that they were going on the protest march. In the spirit of democracy and in compliance with the rule of law, we not only protected them, we cleared the routes for them even though on that day, there were five different groups and they would have created chaos in the FCT”.

“Right now, I have just received a letter from a group known as future Nigeria Group that they want to embark on a protest march. That is the only group that wrote the police through the office of the IGP and it is dated 6th of March. There is another group, the Jamatul Nasril Islam planning a protest march on national issues today”.

“We have read through the media that the Save Nigeria Group want to protest to the Presidential villa. We all know that certain locations are off limit. They are not protesting to the National Assembly but the Presidential villa. It is a known fact that nobody protests to the White house of No 10 Downing Street but people can protest to Congress in America ”.

“Therefore, we are not going to allow them get near the villa. We are not preventing them from expressing their democratic rights but certainly we are not going to allow them beyond certain limits”.

On the arrest of the teenagers, CP Haruna said, “Chidiabere John (19yrs), Augustine Ogbonna (22yrs), Vitus Ogbu (21yrs), Raphael Madu (20yrs) and Paul Akpa (19yrs), all partook in the killing of Efenji on the 14th of February and that they were arrested severally in Nassarawa and Benue states.


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