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‘We’ll deal decisively with troublemakers’… Ekiti police warns ahead of NANS’ planned protest
By DANIEL Whyte
THE Ekiti State Police Command has warned the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), against its planned mass action scheduled for this week in reaction to the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).
NANS had on Saturday announced its relocation to Ado-Ekiti “in mourning the departed comrades and seeking justice on their behalf”.
In the statement signed by its National Secretary, Farouk Umar, the association directed affiliate unions “to mobilise in solidarity with the oppressed students” of FUOYE.
It’s also planned visits to the victims’ families as well as many stakeholders including the state Commissioner of Police and the State Director of SSS. The students’ umbrella body hinted that its members will also be demonstrating and submitting a protest letter to the Ekiti State Government.
The state’s Police Command, however, through a statement signed by Caleb Ikechukwu, its Public Relations Officer, and released on Sunday, warned against any plan to “ferment [sic.] and precipitate trouble” or break law and order in the state.
“The Ekiti State Police Command through intelligence gathering have been reliably informed that some group of person(s) who tag themself ex-graduates who are not currently students of any Higher Institution of Learning in Ekiti State are presently moving into Ekiti State with the sole aim of fermenting and precipitating trouble, and also to incite peace-loving Youth and People of Ekiti State,” Ikechukwu said.
“However, the Police Command is using this medium to warn anyone or group of person(s) against any unlawful assembly with an intent to cause breach of peace.
“The Police Command have the constitutional mandate to maintain law and order and also to stop or advice any gathering which it thinks might break law and order,” it added.
The command said it “shall deal decisively with anyone” who takes law into their hands. Such individual, it said, will be arrested and prosecuted “no matter how highly placed”.
“The police Command would want to advise that their [sic.] are channels and procedure for addressing issues,” the statement concluded.