June 12: Police Warns Against Violent Protests, Disruption Of Critical Infrastructures

…… As IGP orders deployment, warns against the criminal act of tampering with the National Grid

The Nigeria Police has reaffirmed that all citizens’ rights, including those participating in nonviolent protests, shall be upheld.

According to a press release on Tuesday, 11th June 2024 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olunuyiwa Adejobi said however, no decent society anywhere in the world will tolerate violent destruction of lives and properties in the name of a protest.

The Force spokesperson stated that such action would not be tolerated during any protests.

The statement read, “Those who want to stage a peaceful protest are advised to inform the police and request police protection. Those who do otherwise should be ready to face the full weight of the law. Members of the public are again reminded that it is a criminal offence to tamper with the national grid or prevent/ disrupt the transmission of electricity. It is equally unacceptable to disrupt any other Critical Infrastructure such as airports, hospitals and other essential services, or violent picketing in whatever magnitude.

“The Nigeria Police Force, being a civil and responsive institution, committed to maintaining law and order and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens, therefore warns that any attempt to disrupt critical infrastructure, which could lead to an act of economic sabotage, treasonable felony, and jeopardize national security and public safety, will not be condoned during any protest action but will be met with the full force of the law.

“The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD, NPM, has directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and State Command Commissioners of Police in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure robust security arrangements are in place to prevent any breakdown of law and order including strategic deployments to protect key infrastructures and ensure that protests, if any, remain peaceful and lawful.

“The Police equally appeal to parents and guardians to warn their wards not to be used by disgruntled and misguided individuals who are mobilizing for violent protest with intent to create anarchy. Such individuals are also advised to shelve their unpatriotic and clandestine plans in their own interest

“We remain dedicated to upholding the rights of citizens while ensuring that public order is maintained.

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