Police restricts protests in Abuja


The police have restricted all forms of protests within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to the Unity Fountain, Central Business District, Abuja.

Spokesperson for the Police, Frank Mba said the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, gave the order on Wednesday.

He explained that the directive was in furtherance of the efforts by the police at ensuring the security of life and property, free flow of traffic, and protection of economic activities.

Mba stressed that the police were aware of the African Charter on Human Rights, and the Constitutional provisions relating to the fundamental human rights, particularly freedom of expression, right to peaceful assembly and freedom of movement.

He, however, said these rights were not absolute and were constitutionally moderated by the genuine concerns for public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other people.

The development is coming days after members of the Shi’ites sect invaded the national Assembly and clashed with security operatives during a protest in Abuja.

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