The police in Kaduna at on Saturday disrupted a protest near the Refinery junction in Kaduna State. The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully against incessant killings in Southern Kaduna.
This is even as the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has condemned in strong terms the indiscriminate arrest of protesters in the country, urging all security agencies to stop militarising Nigerian youths.
While confirming the arrest of a large number of the protesters, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Mohammed Jalige said, ‘the arrest was made because there was no prior notification of the procession.”
“Yes some of them were arrested because they did not inform us about the procession. We just saw the crowd. I cannot tell you how many of them were picked now but I will get back to you later”, he said.
The aggrieved protesters, many of who wore black clothes, carried placards with various inscriptions depicting how angry they were about the situation in Southern Kaduna.
Meanwhile, the CNPP, while condemning in strong terms the indiscriminate arrest of protesters in the country, urging all security agencies to stop militarising Nigerian youths, called of President Muhammadu Buhari to call his security chiefs to order and end ceaseless killings in the country.
Reacting to reports of the arrest of several protesters in Kaduna State in a statement issued on Saturday by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the CNPP wondered why “Policemen who have been in hiding since the ongoing massacre of citizens in Southern Kaduna have suddenly woken up from slumber to arrest defenceless youths asking them to do their constitutional job of protecting lives.
“Security of lives and property is the only reason a government should primarily exist. If a government cannot protect lives and property as a primary duty as enshrined in Chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended, leaders under such government should hide their faces in shame.
“At a time members of international community are raising red flags to their citizens not to travel to Nigeria, the police and other security agencies are busy arresting frustrated young people who are urging them to protect their lives and that of their parents.
“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Nation’s security chiefs to order and save the country from impending violence as these peaceful demonstrators could be forced to become confrontational, leading to a serious threat to law and order.
“Mr. President, it’s time to end the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the country and restore the confidence of Nigerians and the international community in the ability of Nigeria to take charge of her internal security.
“Nigerian security agencies should learn to be more civil and stop manhandling and militarisation defenceless young citizens for demanding good governance and responsible leadership. Enough of bloodshed”, the CNPP warned.