POLICE ADVICE RIVERS NULGE TO SUSPEND PLANNED PROTEST

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The police in Rivers want the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) to suspend its planned protest over the closure of 23 local government council secretariats, citing credible intelligence reports of possible hijack by suspected hoodlums.
 
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe Koko in Port Harcourt, the command said respects the right to lawful assembly but that it  has received credible intelligence indicating potential infiltration of the planned protest on Monday.
 
The command spokesperson therefore advised the organisers to suspend the planned protest to avert any possible breakdown of law and order and affirmed its commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of residents.
 
She warned of the imminent arrest and prosecution of anyone or group attempting to disturb the peace while urging residents to carry on with their daily activities without fear, as the police have put tactical measures in place to guarantee their safety.
 
The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, had announced over the weekend that the police would not vacate the secretariats until the courts give final judgment on the tenure of the chairmen. 

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