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Friday, 6 November 2015

Police warns Edo students - Drop your plans to protest



Edo State Police Command on Friday issued a warning against alleged plans by youths to carry out violent protests in Benin, the state capital.

The Command in a statement signed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abdulkadir Mohammed, said although the real motive behind the planned demonstrations was yet to be ascertained, preliminary investigations indicated that the proposed action “may be remotely connected” to the alleged increase in school fees with tertiary institutions in the South-South geo-political zone.

The statement further said intelligence information available to the Command revealed that the groups, “masquerading under the guise of students organisations” had perfected plans to carry out the protests.

“The Command cannot fold its arms and watch a group of persons, whose identities are not immediately known (to) disturb the peace. The 27 police divisions within Benin metropolis and other security agencies have been activated to do the needful, in order to checkmate a likely breach of public peace,” the statement warned.

The police said that while it recognised that peaceful protests were lawful under the 1999 Constitution, the violent nature of the proposed protests was worrisome and would not be condoned by the Command.

It, therefore, urged parents to restrain their children and wards from engaging in acts capable of causing tension.

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