NLC Protest: Appropriate Security Measures for Nonviolent Demonstrations To Enforced by The Kwara State Commissioner Command

……warns that violent protest is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated in this state of harmony.

In anticipation of the planned protest scheduled to take place on 27th and 28th February 2024, organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in collaboration with other unions, the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, CP Victor Olaiya has directed the deployment of police personnel across the state to guarantee the safety and security of the good people of Kwara during the peaceful protest.

According to a press release on Monday, 26th February 2024 signed by the Kwara State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, said that in compliance with the directives of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, the Kwara Police Commissioner emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and order, affirming that while citizens have the right to a peaceful protest, any form of violence or disruption of public peace will not be condoned.

The Commissioner of Police held a strategic meeting with Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders, and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), directing them to implement proactive measures to prevent potential breaches of law and order.

“To facilitate a smooth and orderly protest, CP Victor Olaiya psc+ engaged in dialogue with representatives of the NLC and other relevant stakeholders on 26th February 2024. The statement said the discussion was to ensure a conducive atmosphere for a peaceful demonstration while safeguarding the interests of all parties involved.

The Command spokesperson further said that CP Victor Olaiya reiterated the commitment of Kwara State Police Command to uphold the rights of individuals to express themselves peacefully, emphasizing that any individual found instigating violence or engaging in unlawful behaviour will face the full wrath of the law.

“The Commissioner of Police assures residents, visitors, and stakeholders of Kwara State that adequate security measures have been put in place to safeguard lives and property during the protest. He urges public members to report any suspicious activities or incidents to the nearest police station or through the Command Control number: 07032069501 or 08125275046.