Abuja - The Rivers State Government has
banned street protests following pro-Biafra demonstrations.
Governor Nyesom Wike stated this amid the disruptive
activities in Port Harcourt by unauthorized groups.
He said the decision came after due consultations with
the members of the State Security Council.
He said for the second time within a month individuals
and groups purporting to represent the indigenous people of Biafra had held
unauthorized protests on the streets in Port Harcourt.
A majority of these individuals were from neighbouring
States and in the course of these protests, disrupted social and economic
activities, he said.
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"They damaged property, assaulted and inflicted
injuries on other citizens going about
their lawful endeavours," said Wike.
The governor said while individuals and groups are free
to exercise their freedom of expression, they must do so peacefully and
strictly within the bounds of the Constitution.
“No individual or group has the right, whatsoever, to
disturb public peace and order, threaten the safety of the public and create
fear and an atmosphere of insecurity in the State or any part thereof.”
“Our government was elected on a mandate and has sworn to
an oath, to defend the sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Therefore, he said, the Rivers would not tolerate
He added that any person or group who violates
this ban or acts in any manner prejudicial to the interest of peace and
security would be arrested and prosecuted.
- CAJ News