Individuals and groups to seek police permit before staging a protest in Abia state


Abia State police command has advised individuals and groups intending to stage a protest in the state to seek police permit ahead of the exercise.
The command’s spokesman, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, issued the advice in a statement in Umuahia.

Ogbonna said any person or group of persons intending to embark on a protest must notify the commissioner in writing at least 48 hours to the time.

He said the notification must give detailed information about the protest.

Ogbonna said the command was not averse to public protests but insisted that such actions must comply with the relevant constitutional provisions.

He said the advice became necessary, following intelligence report about plans by individuals and groups to stage protests in different parts of the state.

The police chief said the command would not fold its arms and watch any person or group to truncate the prevailing peace and tranquillity in the state.

Recall that some women last week took to the streets of Aba to protest against infrastructure deficit in the city.

The angry women issued a 100 days ultimatum to the Abia government within which to address the problem.

They threatened to mobilise 10,000 women to shut down activities at the Government House, if nothing happened at the expiration of the ultimatum.