Arrest Illegal Protesters in Kogi, Omodara Tells Security Agencies

Kogi State Government has directed security agents to arrest anyone found protesting in any part of the state without approval.

The State Security Adviser, Retired Commander Jerry Omodara gave the directive while speaking with Newsmen in Lokoja.

Some students and youth groups had called for a protest on June 12 Democracy Day as National Day of protest across the country.

This the Kogi State Government says it will not allow to happen in the State as it will do everything humanly possible to avoid any act capable of jeopardizing the existing peace in the state.

The State Security Adviser, retired Commander Jerry Omodara said Kogi State Commissioner of Police has engaged students and youths groups in a meeting who have said that they will not participate in any protest.

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He stated that as at Friday, no security agency in the State has received any letter of protest, and advised parents and guardian to warn their wards not to partake in any form of protest.

According to him, any protest without approval from the police will be tagged as illegal, pointing out security agencies will arrest anyone found wanting.

He maintained that the action of government was not to disrespect the Fundamental Human Rights of the people but to sustain law and order in the state.

The State Security Adviser noted that there’s no reason for anyone to protest in Kogi as the State has enjoyed relative peace under the Governor Yahaya Bello led Administration.

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“Security is vital to everyone and Kogi State must appreciate what the Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is doing. This has made organizations including the Media to adjudge the State as the safest state in Nigeria.”

He commended the people for their support for the safety of lives and property, urging them to sustain the tempo.

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