The Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba landed in Lagos state yesterday in a visit to the state's police command. At around 1 pm, the IGP addressed the senior officers including the DPOs, squadron and area commanders.
It is no longer news that a group of Nigerians are planning to stage a protest all over the country on the 12th of June, which happens to be the day Nigeria celebrates democracy.
With the way the protest is being planned, it will be a very grand one. One of the Pioneers Omoyele Sowore has been sharing the venues and point of convergence for the protesters in different states.
The last protest that rocked the country was the demonstration against police brutality, especially the now-defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).
The protest lasted for some days and it was later hijacked by hoodlums. After the hijack, private and public properties were destroyed and some people also died, including security officers.
I believe the planned protest is one of the reasons why the IGP visited Lagos. In his conference with the senior officers, he talked about crowd control and how Policemen must not allow their stations to be overrun by hoodlums ever again.
The timing is too perfect not to believe that the IGP doesn't want a repeat of the violence that occurred during the time of his predecessor.
IGP Usman Alkali Baba
I believe his visit means that policemen are ready for the protesters if they are violent. It is now left for the protest organisers to ensure that the demonstration is peaceful.
The groups must provide adequate security and they must ensure that thugs do not infiltrate the protest, if not, this would be counterproductive as the Police will not hesitate to clamp down on them if there are any signs of violence or destruction.
As far as the protest is peaceful, the protesters should have no problem with the police because every citizen has a right to peaceful protest.
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