A’Ibom: Police Ban Protest against Construction of Gov’s Lodge in Lagos

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Okon Bassey in Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State Police Command Friday banned some groups from protesting against the planned construction of a new Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge worth N1.2 billion in Lagos State.

Contrary to the state government’s explanation on the project, a cross section of indigenes within and outside the state planed a mass and peaceful protest in the state capital against the idea.

Another group of indigenes, who supported the project, had also planned to float simultaneously similar rally at the same time and date in the state capital.

The state police command acknowledged receiving a letter from the opposition group to carry out the protest in Uyo and another letter from an organisation requesting police permission to carry out a demonstration.

“The two requests were intended to take place on the same date, time and location, and are all meant to draw large number of supporters. Considering the contrast intention of the two groups and the threat it pose to the security and safety of the good people of Akwa Ibom State, it becomes imperative that the Police Command step in promptly to avert a total breakdown of law and order,” the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, said in a statement.

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  • Seton During

    The peoples of Akwa Ibom State will benefit more and better if they divert these energies into-
    1. Transparent Accountability of the state’s finances;
    2. Cleanliness and public hygiene of all streets and roads within the State;
    3. Arrest and eliminate the continuing breeding of malarial mosquitoes by ensuring no undesirable
    stagnant waters anywhere within The State, and set an example for other Nigerians to copy.
    4. Stop illicit outflows of monies from The State and Nigeria via BANKS etc.

    http://www.directcostscutters.com Lagosian in London

  • AyoJon

    Where did the police have right to ban protest

  • Bassey Ndem

    Lest we forget, Udom Emmanuel was not elected by the people of Akwa Ibom State. He was foisted and forced on the people of the state by the former governor of the state, Mr. Godswill Akpabio. His actions now truly reveals that he is doing his master’s biddings. Udom lacks thoughts of his own except the scripts of his master. I believe that one day, Akwa Ibom state will be free from the apron strings of those who do not have the interests of the state except their self interests. If Udom were to be wise enough, he should work with other stake holders to relocate Mobil Headquarters to the state. Building a nine point something billion naira lodge is a waste of people resources. There are many abandoned roads in the state and there are no federal highways for the ordinary Akwa Ibom indigenes to travel to Lagos because the roads from Umuahia to Lagos and Ikot Ekpene -Aba roads are not only impassable but they are death traps. Udom and his co travelers will arrive Lagos using available airlines under one hour while it will take ordinary citizens who cannot afford a plane ticket more than 8 hours if they arrive safely. Udom Emmanuel needs to detach himself from cronyism and start to work for the general good of all Akwa Ibom state. He can take a cue from Alaska’s oil dividend funds , where every Alaskan indigenes from 18 years and above who have voted in the elections are paid about two thousand dollars every year.