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June 24, 2024

Suspend planned protest, police tell Rivers NULGE

Suspend planned protest, police tell Rivers NULGE

The police in Rivers has called on the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to suspend its planned protest over the closure of 23 local government council secretariats, citing credible intelligence reports of potential hijacking by hoodlums.

This is contained in a statement issued by SP Grace Iringe-Koko, the command’s Public Relations Officer,  in Port Harcourt.

“The police command respects the right to lawful assembly but has received credible intelligence indicating potential infiltration of the planned protest on Monday.

“Hoodlums plan to hijack the protest and instigate chaos in the state.

“Consequently, the command advises the organisers to suspend the planned protest to avert any possible breakdown of law and order,” she said.

Iringe-Koko affirmed the police’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of residents.

She warned of the imminent arrest and prosecution of anyone or group attempting to disturb the peace.

“In an effort to ensure public safety, the Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, has deployed officers to the 23 local government council secretariats to maintain security until the risk of disruption ceases.

“Comprehensive security measures have been put in place to safeguard lives and property, ensuring unhindered traffic flow and lawful activities across the state,” she added.

The police spokesperson urged residents to carry on with their daily activities without fear, as the police have implemented tactical measures to guarantee their safety.

NAN reports that Gov. Siminalaye Fubara dissolved the councils on June 20 in a state-wide broadcast, citing the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution on the tenure of local government administration.

He directed the heads of administration in the councils to immediately take charge of the councils’ affairs.

The governor, who also ordered the audit of the councils, has since appointed caretaker committees that are operating outside the councils’ secretariats due to their takeover by the police.

However, the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, announced on June 22 that the police would not vacate the secretariats until the courts give final judgment on the tenure of the chairmen. (NAN)