ABUJA: THE Rivers State Government has banned street protests following pro-Biafra demonstrations. Governor Nyesom Wike stated this amid the disruptive activities in Port Harcourt by unauthorized groups.
He said the decision came after due consultations with the members of the State Security Council. He said for the second time within a month individuals and groups purporting to represent the indigenous people of Biafra had held unauthorized protests on the streets in Port Harcourt.
A majority of these individuals were from neighbouring States and in the course of these protests, disrupted social and economic activities, he said. “They damaged property, assaulted and inflicted injuries on other citizens going about their lawful endeavours,” said Wike.
The governor said while individuals and groups are free to exercise their freedom of expression, they must do so peacefully and strictly within the bounds of the Constitution. “No individual or group has the right, whatsoever, to disturb public peace and order, threaten the safety of the public and create fear and an atmosphere of insecurity in the State or any part thereof.”
“Our government was elected on a mandate and has sworn to an oath, to defend the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Therefore, he said, the Rivers would not tolerate lawlessness. He added that any person or group who violates this ban or acts in any manner prejudicial to the interest of peace and security would be arrested and prosecuted.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY