Following indications that some unknown groups are planning to carry out violent protest in Benin, Edo state, the state police command have moved to prevent a possible breakdown of law.
In a statement signed by Abdulkadir Mohammed, the deputy commissioner of police, said that investigations has shown that the proposed action is connected to alleged increase in school fees with tertiary institutions in the South-South geo-political zone.
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Mohammed said: “Intelligence information available to the command has shown that some unknown groups masquerading under the guise of students organisations had perfected plans to carry out violent protests.
“The Command cannot fold its arms and watch a group of persons, whose identities are not immediately known (to) disturb the peace. The 27 police divisions within Benin metropolis and other security agencies have been activated to do the needful, in order to checkmate a likely breach of public peace.
“We recognise that peaceful protests were lawful under the 1999 Constitution, but the violent proposed protests were worrisome and would not be condoned by the Command.
“We urge parents to restrain their children and wards from engaging in acts capable of causing tension.”
The warning from the Edo state police command comes hours after the Nigerian police command in Rivers state warned that it will not condone any act which threatens the peace of residents.
However, a protest was reported in Onitsha earlier today, November 6, as hundreds of Biafran agitators stormed the streets to demand the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the director of Radio Biafra.
One person was reportedly killed while commercial and other activities were grounded in Onitsha, the commercial city of Anambra state and its environs by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who were protesting the continued detention of their leader Nnamdi Kanu.
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