The acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr. Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has reacted towards the upcoming nationwide protests announced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). He expressed deep concern and gave out a sound warning.
While he understands the constitutional right to peaceful protest, the IGP has appealed to the parties involved to ensure that their demonstrations remain peaceful, and should not be hijacked by miscreants.
Dr. Egbetokun, acknowledged the grievances of the labour unions, and emphasized on the importance of constructive dialogue in resolving issues. In this regard, he has directed Commissioners of Police across various commands and supervisory Assistant Inspectors-General of Police to engage with the NLC and TUC leadership in order to find common ground regarding the protests.
In a statement released on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, the IGP reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Police Force to ensure the safety and security of citizens during the protests.
He stated further, that the Nigeria Police Force will not tolerate any act of vandalism, extortion, or unruly behavior that threatens public peace and order.
To curtail the potential security challenges the planned protests might pose, the IGP has ordered a watertight security strategy across the country. He ordered all police officers to remain vigilant, professional, and uphold the highest standards of conduct.
Also, the IGP urged all stakeholders, which includes the NLC, TUC, and civil society groups, to opt for peaceful dialogue as the most effective means of addressing grievances. He assured them of the Police’s commitment to maintain a secure environment that is conducive for open dialogue and constructive engagement.