EL-ZAKZAKKY PROTEST: Do not test the Will of the State, IGP Adamu warns Trouble makers as he orders 24 Hours surveillance on FCT and environs.
By Festus Fifen
Following the violent protest by members of the El-Zakzakky Group on Tuesday July, 2019, at the National Assembly, Abuja, which led to the unprovoked assault and injury to Police personnel on lawful duty as well as wilful damage to public properties, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned trouble makers IGP Adamu 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.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer DCP Frank Mba, the Inspector General of Police has ordered a 24hr Police surveillance in the Federal Capital Territory and its environs to curtail any form of break down of law and order.
Similarly, the Commissioners of Police and their supervisory Assistant Inspectors General of Police in States that’s shares borders with the FCT are also placed on alert to ensure maximum security in their respective Areas of responsibility (AOR) to avert any possible breach of public safety and security.
According to the statement, While noting that the Force is not against Citizens expressing their grouse against the State, the Police Boss stressed that such ventilations must be done through legitimate and acceptable processes and not by taking the laws into their own hands.
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.