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#IStandWithNigeria: Police Urge Tuface, Others To Shelve Protests

#IStandWithNigeria: Police Urge Tuface, Others To Shelve Protests

The Nigeria Police Headquarters has advised Innocent Idibia aka Tuface and other opposing groups to shelve their planned protests  slated for 5th and 6th February, 2017 in Lagos and other States.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP. Jimoh Moshood said in a statement that “The Nigeria Police Force is currently in possession of credible intelligence reports that other interest groups are equally planning to hold a counter protest/matches on the same days at the same places/cities as the Tuface Group. If these various planned protests/ demonstrations are held as scheduled, that there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property”

The statement by Force Headquarters said, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in the media on the planned protests slated for 5th and 6th February, 2017 in Lagos and other States by different groups, one to be  led by the popular musician Innocent Idibia aka Tuface and other opposing groups.

Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regard to the planned protest/demonstrations, and  as  the lead security Agency in the country, is fully aware and recognizes the constitutional rights  of every citizen (including  Tuface and his group) to assemble and move freely in any part of the country.

“In this regard, the Force is also cognizant of its constitutional responsibilities of taking any proactive/ preventive security measures:-

 “In the interest of public safety, public order, public morality or public health.

“For the purposes of protecting lives and property, as well as the constitutional rights  and freedom of other citizens.

“The Nigeria Police Force is currently in possession of credible intelligence reports that other interest groups are equally planning to hold a counter protest/matches on the same days at the same places/cities as the Tuface Group. If these various planned protests/ demonstrations are held as scheduled, that there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

Nigeria Police Force added  “That Innocent Idibia (a.k.a Tuface) and his group are hereby advised strongly to shelve their planned peaceful protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the other opposing groups are equally advised strongly to shelve its planned counter protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to employ every possible legal means for the maintenance of law and order; and for the protection of lives and property.

“Consequently, members of the public, parents and guardians, religious/opinion leaders and other interest groups are strongly 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.”

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