IGP warns commanders, officers against use of force


HURIWA urges army to spare campaigners
Hoodlums disperse protesters in Osogbo

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has warned police officers and their commanders against use of force on peaceful protesters.

He reiterated citizens’ rights to freedom of expression, assembly and movement, which should be protected by the police. Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, noted that the IGP also appealed to protesters to conduct themselves peacefully and guard their ranks against infiltration by criminal elements.

SIMILARLY, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has appealed to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to ensure that the improved human rights records of the army under him is not destroyed by the temptation to dabble into the national outrage against police excesses.

It said the nationwide protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are constitutional, adding that on no account should the exercise be mistaken for a threat to national security.

HURIWA also called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to release those picked up by SARS in Enugu South Council of Enugu State few hours after the disbandment of SARS.

To this end, HURIWA warned the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to respect the rights to peaceful assembly, stressing that the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, had power to annul the constitutional right of the citizens to protest lawfully.

THERE was chaos in Osogbo, Osun State, yesterday as some hoodlums disrupted the demonstrations and dispersed protesters. The hoodlums, suspected to be cultists, wielding cutlasses, axe and charms, stormed Oke-Fia junction in Osogbo, where the protesters had gathered to continue their agitation, before a clash ensued.

Some protesters had gathered at Oke-fia around 7.30a.m., blocking the road leading to Osun State Government House before other youths join them at Olaiya junction.

Some civil society groups in the state faulted the unusual dimensions the protests had taken since Wednesday. But the state government has promised to ensure that the demonstrations remained peaceful in the state.

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