The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Dr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has expressed serious concern regarding the nationwide protests planned by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on August 2.
In a statement issued by the police force’s spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Egbetokun acknowledges the constitutional right to peaceful protests but urges the labour unions to ensure that the demonstrations remain peaceful and are not taken over by miscreants. He has directed the Commissioners of Police in various commands and supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to engage with the NLC and TUC leadership to find common ground and address the issues that led to the planned protests.
The IGP emphasizes the importance of constructive dialogue and a peaceful approach to resolving grievances. He orders the police to facilitate the peaceful conduct of the demonstrations, while also warning against any attempts by miscreants to exploit the situation for violent purposes. The police will respond firmly, professionally, and lawfully to any acts that threaten the peace and well-being of the country.
In light of the potential challenges posed by the planned protests, the Nigeria Police Force is fully prepared to deploy all available resources to maintain law and order and protect citizens’ lives and property. The IGP calls on all officers to be vigilant, professional, and uphold the highest standards of conduct during this period.
Furthermore, the Police boss urges all stakeholders, including the NLC, TUC, and civil society groups, to embrace peaceful dialogue as the most effective means of resolving grievances. The Police are committed to providing a secure and conducive environment for open dialogue, constructive engagement, and mutual understanding, ensuring the exercise of civil rights proceeds smoothly.