Police warn groups against protest without permit in Abia
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon, has warned all pro and anti-government protest groups in the state not to embark on any rally without a police permit.
He made this known to The Guardian in the aftermath of the recent botched anti-corruption protest by the Abia Coalition for Good Governance and Against Corruption, which was disrupted by another group of protesters loyal to the government.
The police boss stated that no group has notified or applied to the state police command for a permit to hold any rally or protest in the state, stressing that the law would run its course should any group undertakes any activity that causes breach of the peace or threat to lives and property.
He added that the essence of applying for police permit is for the police to do the needful to ensure that the protest is peaceful and prevent miscreants and hoodlums from engaging in untoward acts before and during the protest.
Earlier at the weekend, a non-governmental organization, Life-Saving Assistance Response, And Rescue Support Foundation had urged the police and security agencies to stop protests in the state.