• Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Delta State Police Takes Proactive Measures Ahead of Planned Protest

In anticipation of the planned protest scheduled for 27th and 28th February 2024 by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other unions, the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Abaniwonda Olufemi, has ordered the deployment of a substantial number of police personnel across the state. This proactive measure is aimed at ensuring the safety and security of both protesters and the general public, as well as preventing any potential hijacking of the peaceful demonstration.

Following the directive of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun PhD., NPM, CP Olufemi engaged Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders, and DPOs in discussions to emphasize the importance of maintaining law and order during the protest. The Commissioner directed them to implement measures to prevent any disruptions and ensure a peaceful atmosphere.

In preparation for the protest, CP Olufemi held a stakeholders meeting on 22nd February 2024 with leaders of NLC, TUC, and IPMAN to discuss strategies for a smooth and non-violent demonstration. Emphasizing the police’s role in safeguarding lives and property, he reiterated that citizens have the right to peaceful protest, but any attempt at violence will be treated as a criminal act and will not be tolerated.

To gather intelligence, the State Intelligence Department (SID) has deployed undercover operatives who will monitor and report findings. Additional manpower has been drawn from various Tactical Teams, including Safer Highway, Dragon Patrol, Safe Delta, Raiders Unit, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber Crime Squad (SAKCCS), CD-Decoy, CP Monitoring Unit, State Anti-Cult Unit, Crack Squad, and X-Squad. Supplementary personnel have also been dispatched from the Department of Operations, Area Commands, and Divisions.

CP Olufemi issued a stern warning to potential protesters, emphasizing that anyone found engaging in unlawful activities will be promptly arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the law. Despite the security measures, he assured the public that they can go about their lawful duties without fear and urged them to report any untoward occurrences to the nearest police station or call the Command Control number on 08036684974.

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