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Shi’ites protest: IGP orders 24 hours surveillance on FCT, environs

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered a 24-hour Police surveillance in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs following a protest by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ites.

The Shi’ites had on Tuesday invaded the National Assembly in protest of the continued detention of their leader Ibrahim El-zakzaky.

The police spokesperson, Frank Mba who made this known in a statement confirmed that the protest led to the unprovoked assault on and injury to nine Police personnel on duty as well as willful damage to public properties.

Mba said that in addition to the surveillance, the Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in States contiguous to the FCT have also been 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.

He added that the IGP has as 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.

According to Mba, the IGP while noting that the Force is not against Citizens expressing their grouse against the State however stressed that such ventilations must be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking the laws into their own hands.

The IGP 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.  

He further reiterated his displeasure with the unwarranted and unjustifiable attack on, and injury to nine Police Officers by members of the El-Zakzakky Group.

“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”, Mba stated.

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