The Federal Capital Territory Police Commands, Abuja have given their reasons for disembarking the “peaceful” protest of a group at Unity Fountain yesterday demanding the resumption of President Muhammadu Buhari or resignation after 90 days of absence.
While the group led by the renowned singer and activist, Charly Boy continued their ResumeOrResign Sit-Out protest yesterday, the Police forcefully halted the protest because hoodlums hijacked the demonstration. The gang leader, Charly Boy even collapsed after inhaling gas from the canister blew into the air by the Police in bid to discontinue the protest.
Shortly after the incidence, the statement issued by Anjuguri Manzah, FCT police spokesman, contains the said reason for immediate intervention.
“The FCT police command in the early hours of today August 8, 2017 intervened and prevented breakdown of law and order, and disturbance of public peace in the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja by dispersing some miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements that have infiltrated the protest being carried out by a group of Concerned Nigerians under the auspices of Our- Mumu-Don-do Movement at Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja,” it said.
“Today August, 8 2017 the same group assembled at the same venue but allowed miscreants, hoodlums and other unruly individuals to infiltrate the protests, who started blocking the major roads adjoining the Unity Fountain, obstructing traffic and preventing movements of other innocent citizens from going to their means of livelihood, and thereby exhibiting unruly behaviour and other violent acts very likely to cause the breakdown of law and order and disturbance of public peace. The Police personnel intervened at the point that the concerned Nigerians group lost control of the crowd and prevented miscreants, hoodlums and other criminal elements from hijacking the protest to cause mayhem and chaos.”