Enugu Police Command has assured provision of adequate security during the planned protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) on Wednesday, August 2,2023.The Command also cautioned
against misconduct of the protest.
This was contained in a statement by the Police Public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe on Tuesday, August 1, and made available to newsmen in Enugu.
The statement read:
‘In line with the directive of the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, PhD,, the Commissioner of Police of Enugu State Command, Ahmed Ammani, has today, August 1, 2023, met with the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), to discuss ways of ensuring that the planned nationwide protest by the organized labour unions is done peacefully in the State and without being hijacked by criminals.
“The CP assures them of necessary security and safety during the protest, noting that while they have the constitutional right to protest, they must do so in the most orderly manner, given the security challenges inherent in conducting protests in these times. He, therefore, charges the organized labour to conduct the protest in line with set out plans, to avoid breach of public peace and/or having miscreants hijack the exercise.
“The Chairman of Enugu State Chapter of TUC, Comrade Ben Asogwa, who led the team comprising the State Vice Chairman and the Secretary of NLC, Comrades Ekere Ikechukwu and Jasper Kelechi respectively, and the State Treasurer of TUC, Comrade Ozoemena Solomon, informed the CP of the plans designed by the organized labour in the State to ensure a peaceful protest. He, therefore, assured of maximum cooperation with the Police and the orderly conduct of their members during the exercise,” he said.
At the meeting were the ,Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Olasoji Akinbayo, DCP Fidelis Ogarabe and DCP Peter Ezebuike, respectively in-charge of the Command’s Departments of Operations, the State CID, and Finance and Administration. Others include ACP Hope Isiani Okereke, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, and SP Patrick Onuh, the Officer in-charge of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB).
Author: Maureen Ikpeama