Sokoto - Sokoto State Police Command on Thursday foiled public awareness rally planned by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto chapter.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the command disapproved the rally through a letter signed by Douglas Agbonleni Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of administration,
The letter, dated, October 30, said: "due to the current situation in the country, your request is not approved.
"You are therefore advised not to carry out the rally to avoid any break down of law and order."
Reacting, to the letter, ASUU in a statement, signed the Chairman of the chapter,, Dr Frank Tambuwal, condemned the action of the police.
"This is a clear violation of our constitutional rights to educate the Nigerian public on why we are on strike since July, 2013.
"It should be noted that no amount of intimidation, suppression or harassment will deter us from fighting for our deprived rights," the statement said.
NAN observed that armed mobile policemen and others in plain clothes were deployed to the two campuses of the University in Sokoto..