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Police not against peaceful assemblies, as IGP reaffirms commitment to protection of citizens’ right.

Against the backdrop of the recent local and international clamour  for the immediate and unconditional release of the school girls who were abducted from Chibok, Borno State, through protests and other forms of advocacy, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar has restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force and other law enforcement agencies to the protection and enforcement of the fundamental rights of the citizens, particularly their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association amongst others, as enshrined in Chapter Four of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

In a statement sent in from the Office of the Force Public Relations Officer, the Police Force declared: “Noting that the Law Enforcement Agencies are duty-bound to enforce these rights, the IGP charged his Zonal and State Command Officers to ensure that citizens embarking on rallies and other peaceful demonstrations are provided adequate security in line with the standard operational practice of the Force.  The IGP however, called on leaders and organizers of such rallies to work in concert with the Police to ensure the safety of participants and orderliness of the exercise.  He further urged them to take measures to deter hoodlums from hijacking the assemblies.”

While calling on the citizens to provide the Police and other law enforcement agencies with useful information in the fight against terror and other related crimes, the IGP reassured them that all necessary steps are being taken towards ensuring that the abducted Chibok School girls are rescued and returned to their loved ones.

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