24hrs surveillance of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja,
warning members of the Shi’ite movement not to dare the police resolve
to maintain peace in the capital city.
This is coming after a clash between the Police and members of the
Shi’ite movement at the National Assembly complex, Abuja.
A statement signed by Frank Mba, Force headquarters spokesman, said
the IGP has directed maximum security and avert breach of public
safety and security.
The statement reads:
Following the violent protest by members of the El-Zakzakky Group,
today, 9th July, 2019, at the National Assembly, Abuja, which led to
the unprovoked assault on and injury to Police personnel on lawful
duty as well as willful damage to public properties, the Inspector
General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM,mni has ordered a 24hr Police
surveillance in the FCT and its environs. Similarly, the Commissioners
of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police
in States contiguous to the FCT were also placed on the alert to
ensure maximum security in their respective Areas of responsibility
(AOR) to avert any possible breach of public safety and security.
While noting that the Force is not against Citizens expressing their
grouse against the State, the IGP stressed that such ventilations must
be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking
the laws into their own hands. He therefore warned that citizens
should not test the collective will of the People and the State by
engaging in lawless acts likely to cause the breach of the peace.
Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered a speedy and diligent investigation
into the incident as well as prompt prosecution of all the persons
arrested and now in Police custody in connection with the incident.
The IGP reiterated his displeasure with the unwarranted and
unjustifiable attack on, and injury to nine (9) Police Officers by
members of the El-Zakzakky Group and commended the restraint, maturity
and professionalism displayed by Police personnel in containing the
protest. The IGP also directed the AIG in charge of Police Medical
Department to ensure that proper and prompt medical attention is given
to the injured officers and wished the victims quick recovery.
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER