The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, has issued a mandate to the Zonal Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police in the 36 states and FCT, to deal firmly with anybody or group of persons, who may want to take advantage of June 12 celebrations to threaten internal security order.
Baba stated this on Tuesday, June 8, during a meeting with strategic commanders of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja.
He whoever warned officers to remain civil with law-abiding citizens.
The IGP said, “June 12 Democracy Day is days away. We’re currently reviewing the security situation; with a view to ensuring a hitch-free exercise.
“I must, however, remind you all of the need to remain civil with law-abiding citizens; but firm with any person or group that may wish to take advantage of the event to threaten our internal security order,” the IGP said.
Baba’s directive comes amid speculation there might be protests around the country on June 12.
Meanwhile, DAAR Communications PLC, owners, and operators of Africa Independent Television, Raypower FM, and Faaji Radio, has stated its resolve to challenge the National Broadcasting Commission’s stance on the suspension of Twitter announced by the Federal Government.
According to DAAR, this will happen once the strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria is over.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, June 7; signed by the management of DAAR.
The statement said the ban by the FG does not represent any law as contemplated by the National Broadcasting Code.
AIT, Raypower, and Faaji Radio have suspended the use of their Twitter handles; but will challenge the NBC directives in court as soon as judiciary workers suspend their ongoing strike.
1st News had reported that NBC, in a statement on Monday, directed all broadcast stations across the nation to suspend their patronage of Twitter and stop using it as a source of news.
The directive also demands that they deactivate their accounts on the microblogging site.
This followed the ban of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government; over the use of the platform for ‘activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria’.