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Police Foil Protests Against Niger Gov

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)


By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna

The police in Niger State has foiled plots by a group in Niger State to protest against what they termed ‘administrative failure’ of the Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello-led government, even as  government says they are ‘ill-informed’.

The group, said to be made up of mostly youths, had been mobilising support from across the 25 local government councils under the guise of moving into Minna, the state capital, to celebrate the 55th Independence Anniversary but with the intent of causing breach of peace.

The police who got wind of the development, however, acted fast by taking over all link routes to Government House to prevent access into the premises and as well to forestall possible breakdown of law and order.

Investigations by our correspondent also revealed that the protesters said to have been championed by people from zone ‘B’ are not happy about administrative policies and programmes of the Sani Bello-led All Progressive Congress (APC) government.

Apart from not being adequately represented in government, the people are not happy that for four months into the administration, Governor Sani Bello is yet to constitute his cabinet except for few key appointments which also attracted condemnations from across segments of the society.

The planned protest against the APC government soon became an open secret as the police on getting wind of it quickly dispatched anti-riot policemen to monitor some strategic areas, particularly along all roads leading to Government House.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Niger State Command, ASP Bala Elkanah, confirmed that a detachment of police was deployed in strategic areas, particularly around Government House to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Meanwhile, the state government has described the planned protests against the APC administration by some section of Nigerlites as that of people being ‘ill-informed’ about the workings of the current dispensation.


However, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, in an interview said he wondered why the people are more interested in who is appointed into what position instead of appreciating the developmental strides of the Bello administration.

The Chief Press Secretary said, “We are trying to streamline some things by way of blocking all leakages for IGRs and lay foundation before the commissioners will come on board, we want to have a guideline they will work with to achieve the administrations’ goals”.

The people championing the protests against Governor Bello are not well informed because anybody in Minna will see the number of roads already constructed since we came on board. “We want to lay foundation before the commissioners come on board,” he said.

Comments (1)

  • Oct 1, 2015 at 9:49 pm callistus u owuamanam

    police stopping a peaceful protest is contrary to democracy. The governor was elected by the people, he should not be against a peaceful protest which is an ingredient of democracy. Indirectly, the police is preparing the governor for authocracy. Democracy ought to be giving the opportunity to listen to those things one likes, and also the things one does not like. If the governor does not like to listen to the youths, who does he want to listen to? To the trees, to the animals, to the mountains and hills, of course not. While the police should do their work, which is not disputable, they should not obstruct the channels through which democracy is expressed. I am familiar with some advance democracies since the past 30yrs, nowhere do police stop a peaceful demonstration. It is not the duty of the police to like the message, it is not important if they don’t like the organizers, they have no power to stop any peaceful protest.

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