In defiance of the police ban on demonstrations, a group of protesters has taken to the streets.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usain Gumel, had imposed the ban on protests following calls from both the ruling New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for their members to participate in street demonstrations, alleging bribery within the judiciary.
The commissioner emphasized that any attempt to disregard the ban would be considered a violation of national security.
He stated, “The public is hereby informed that we have received information about the mobilization of crowds by both the APC and NNPP under the guise of a Civil Society Coalition, without clearance from the Nigeria Labour Congress leadership and without prior approval from the state’s security agencies.”
He further warned that any actions undermining the authority of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the state’s security agencies, especially in light of the fragile security situation, would be deemed not only uncivil and criminal but also a threat to national security.
Despite this directive, protesters gathered on the streets and proceeded towards the Government House.
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