Police have threatened to deal decisively with anyone planning a violent protest in Rivers state. They claimed to have information of would-be protest on Monday, 13th July, based on the dissolution of local councils administration by a court last week.
“Information at the disposal of the Rivers State Police Command indicates plans by unknown individuals to hold a Protest March on Monday 13, July, 2015 in Port Harcourt Metropolis and other locations in the State against the recent Federal High Court Judgment nullifying the election of the Chairmen of 22 LGAs and the swearing-in of Care-Taker Committees in their stead”, Chris Ezike, the state police commissioner, stated.
“We are in a democracy, where the Rule of Law and the Right to protest are legitimate rights and aspirations. However, these rights stop where those of the other person begin”, he said.
“We acknowledge that though anyone can hold a legitimate and peaceful protest, it is also fair to admit that the protest planners would not be able to control the process as pro and anti-forces, including hoodlums, could hijack it and turn the state into a theatre of violence.
“The Command is therefore ready to deal decisively with anyone or group that decides to cause any uprising, violent protests, or undertake acts capable of violating or disrupting public peace.
“At the same time, we wish to assure the general public that they should go about their lawful businesses without fear and should report anything seen or heard that could breach public peace and orderliness.
“On that basis, we are advising that all aggrieved persons should sheath their swords and toe the path of honour by resorting to legal means to seek redress and justice.”