Police To Kogi Workers: Blocking Highways In Protest Will Not Be Tolerated

POLICEThe Force Headquarters has warned workers in Kogi state against blocking federal roads in the state during a planned protest over labour complaints against the state government.

A statement by Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole on Tuesday, said information indicated that workers’ leaders in Kogi State were planning to block highways leading in and out of Kogi to press home their demands from the state government.

Kolawole in a statement said: “While the Police recognize and respect the constitutional rights of labour force in Kogi to peaceful assembly and lawful protest in furtherance to their dispute with their employers, the Nigeria Police wish to state categorically that extending their protest to blocking highways/roads in the state, in a manner that will cause major traffic and security threats, is not only overreaching the extension of their grievances but also intolerable”.

Kolawole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) declared that “the Nigeria Police hereby warn striking workers in Kogi state to desist from hatching such inciting and provoking plans and restrict themselves to due legal and labour procedures that will not in anyway, cause discomfort to innocent citizens”.

She also said: “failure to adhere strictly to this warning, the Force will mobilize maximally to deal decisively with anyone or group trying to threaten the security or public peace under any guise of protest, and will not hesitate to bring such persons or group to justice”.

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