The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has issued a stern warning to Omoyele Sowore, and others planning a ‘revolution march’ on Monday, August 5, to have a change of mind.
Eye9ja understands that the Police IGP said all those planning a protest to force a change of regime in Nigeria will be charged with treasonable felony.
The warning was handed out on Saturday in a statement by the Police spokesman, Deputy Commissioner, Frank Mba.
“The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land,” he said.
The statement comes after some of the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested Sowore, chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) and publisher of the popular online news platform, Sahara Reporters, who is also the main convener of the match.
The police acknowledged the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, but warned that such rights should not translate into a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution’.
Read the Police full statement:
The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a video circulating on the social media by the ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria and others’, inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, 5th August, 2019 with the sole aim of forcing a regime change in the country.
The Force wishes to state unequivocally that the call amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism and will therefore not stand idly-by and watch any individual or group in the society cause anarchy in the land. While acknowledging the rights of Nigerians to embark on protest, the Force wishes to note that such rights should not translate to a violent and forceful change of government which clearly is the meaning of ‘revolution’. Needless to state that Nigeria is a democratic republic and has well-defined processes for change of government, exercised periodically during various cycle of elections.
The Force therefore warns the organizers, sponsors, allies, supporters, associates and sympathizers of the group ‘Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria’ to, in their own interest, steer clear of any such planned protest, demonstration, acts of incitement and proposed “revolution”, as the full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any individual or group engaged or found participating in the above planned criminal act.
Parents and Guardians are therefore enjoined to impress on their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used in whatever form by any person or group of persons to cause breach of law and order in the country. The Police will work with other Law Enforcement Agencies and positive minded Nigerians to protect, defend and secure our public peace and space.