Fuel Subsidy Strike: Rivers Police Deploy 10,000 Men

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The Rivers Police Command has deployed 10,000 policemen to prevent a breakdown of law and order as residents of the state joined other Nigerians to peacefully protest the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

The state’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Suleiman Abba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday that the deployment was necessary to ensure adequate security in the wake of the strike by organised labour in the state.

Abba said the state had been peaceful since the strike began and that all officers and men of the command had been put on alert.

“So, in as much as they are going on procession and we also have a responsibility to protect them and protect those who are not going on the procession, we have made adequate deployments.

And in doing this, we made sure that almost every police officer in Rivers State is adequately lectured on what to do .

“And therefore, I will like to say that every police officer in Rivers State, over 10,000 policemen are on deployment to make sure that we maintain the peace and to also protect those going on procession and those not going on procession.”

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According to him, in spite of the strike, residents of the state have been going about peacefully and unmolested.

Abba commended organised labour for carrying out their protest peacefully and conducting their affairs in a matured manner.

‘’ In Rivers state, we are having signs of the strike going on, we also have very clear signs of workers particularly those in the private sector, the market women, going about their lawful businesses.

“The situation in Rivers is good. The situation is very calm and there is peace everywhere. I will dedicate this to the good people of Rivers, including the organised labour.”

The commissioner urged the state government to ensure that the existing peace was maintained through constant dialogue with community leaders, the youth leaders and organised labour.

“We urge these bodies to maintain the peace again and again. We will be there with them to ensure that the protest is peaceful and does not threaten the peace of the state.”

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