Protesters must follow designated routes – IG
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 12, 2016
The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, says the police did not ban protests in the country. He however stated that protesters must notify the police ahead of their demonstration, stressing that they must follow designated routes and destination. He says this is necessary in order to prevent the procession from being hijacked by miscreants. Idris’ denial follows the criticisms that trailed his statement that the protests by the ‘BringBackOurGirls’ coalition in Abuja constitute a security threat.
The IG in a statement at the weekend says the Nigeria Police Force recognizes the constitutional rights of every law abiding citizen to express his or her view through public protest/procession and other legitimate means. He however warns that the police will not condone any protest or procession on the public highways and roads inhibiting public freedom and right of way.