- Police deploy officers to strategic locations to forestall any form of demonstration
As some Nigerians prepared to take to the streets again in continuation of the #EndSARS protest, president Muhammadu Buhari has warned that any act of hooliganism will be dealt with decisively to ensure peace and stability in the country.
“I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests,” Buhari said while declaring open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 in Abuja.
“However, this must be done responsibly and in accordance with the laws of the land.
“I also wish to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind lawful and peaceful protests will be dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation.”
The President then commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for quelling the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests.
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“I commend the Armed Force for their efforts which helped restore law and order in many states during the large-scale criminality that ensued in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.”
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In his speech, Buhari described the Year 2020 as a very challenging one, citing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative impact on almost every aspect of national life.
”Despite this, I am pleased to note that the Army remained resolute in the discharge of its Constitutional roles and in keeping the wealth and welfare of our soldiers a priority.
”The Army’s support of Civil Authorities in the management of the COVID – 19 Pandemic is a case in point.
”Also, the peaceful elections conducted in Edo and Ondo States would not have been achieved without the high level of professionalism displayed by all security agencies, including the Army,” he said at the conference themed “Human Capacity Development in Sustaining Professionalism and Responsiveness of the Nigerian Army in the Discharge of its Constitutional Roles.”
The President commended the Army for its unwavering commitment towards curtailing the activities of insurgents, armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other violent criminals through ongoing exercises and operations in different parts of the country.
Security Forces Storm Lekki Tollgate As EndSars Protest Resumes
As the ENDSARS protest resumes nationwide for what is said to be Phase 2, Nigeria Army, Nigeria Police has stormed the Lekki Tollgate again.
it appears to be an attempt to forestall another round of #EndSARS protests, armed policemen and soldiers have been deployed in the Lekki toll plaza, Lagos.
Several motorists said that the security operatives were deployed around midnight.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, did not respond to calls on Monday morning.
However, both the military and the police authorities had warned several times last week that they would not allow another round of protests to take place.
#EndSARS Protest: Police Deploy Officers To Strategic Locations In Ogun State
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security operatives in Ogun State have deployed their officers to strategic locations to forestall any form of demonstration including the #EndSARS protest in the state.
The police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who spoke with Channels Television stressed that the command will not tolerate any form of protest in the state as the country is just coming out of the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.