By Achadu Gabriel Kaduna
As the protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Kaduna state wing, to express solidarity with the over 22,000 teachers sacked by Kaduna State government is expected to hold today (Thursday), Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Agyole Abe, has warned the protesters to stay off Kaduna State, adding that the ban on any form of public procession is still in force in the state.
The CP, who stated this, while addressing the newsmen in Kaduna state yesterday, therefore, warned that anyone or group intending to carry our any public protest or procession should, in the interest of the public peace, shelve such plan as the Nigeria Police Force will not standby idly and watch the peace enjoyed by the citizen of the state truncated.
He added that it is in the interest of the good people of Kaduna State to note that those, who might be contemplating to come to Kaduna to foment trouble, are strictly advised to stay away from the state as the Command is prepared to deal decisively with any such person or group.
The Commissioner of Police said the Command only received a letter in respect of the protest late yesterday afternoon, saying that considering the short notice given by the organizers of the protest, the Command cannot guarantee that miscreants would not hijack the protest, thereby plunging the state into another problem.
“We wish to also remind you that the last incident relating the same issue of teachers, where the organized Labour Union staged what was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned out to be a near breach of the public peace in the state, which resulted to chaos and destruction of some properties of government, especially at the State House of Assembly.
“It is, therefore, advised that law-abiding citizens should go about their lawful businesses without any hindrance, as adequate security measures have been put in place to guarantee their safety.
“The Kaduna State Command remains resolute in crime fighting and, hereby issuing a stern warning against lawlessness, inciting disturbances, unlawful assembly and any other action capable of breaching the peace of the state shall be decisively dealt with in accordance with the law.
“The Command also advise law-abiding citizens to be watchful and report any suspicious movement or activities that are likely to tamper with the peaceful atmosphere of the environment in the police and other security agencies,” he said.