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#OccupyNigeria: 15,000 Policemen Deployed in Abuja Ahead of Monday’s Protests

News circulating online is that the Nigerian Police will deploy 15,000 policemen in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria ahead of Monday’s protests.

If you have not already, do read my article ‘#OccupyNigeria: What You Should Know if Arrested While Protesting in Nigeria.”

African Press Agency reports on the deployment below:

“The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has deployed 15,000 personnel to beef up security in Abuja before, during and after the strike to protest the removal of subsidy on petrol, just as the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) deployed 200,000 to monitor the protests in the country.

FCT Police Commissioner Michael Zuokumor told a news conference on Saturday that the deployment was to monitor and checkmate misconduct that could lead to breach of peace during the protest.

The strike and protest which is being coordinated by labor is billed to commence on Monday.

Zuokumor said the personnel were under strict instruction to be professional, polite and friendly in disposition while monitoring the strike.

He, however, warned that any act that could lead to breach of peace, chaos and cause destruction of live and property would not be tolerated.

On the other hand, NSCDC urged those taking part in the exercise to abide by the law and make it peaceful. . .”

News Source : African Press Agency

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