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Against the backdrop of the growing protests for the immediate and unconditional release of the schoolgirls who were abducted from Chibok, Borno State, the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Abubakar, has restated the commitment of the police and other law enforcement agencies to the protection and enforcement of the fundamental rights of citizens.
The police force, in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said their rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association among others as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) would be upheld by law enforcement agents.
Noting that the law enforcement agencies are duty-bound to enforce these rights, Mba said the IG charged his zonal and state command officers to ensure that citizens embarking on rallies and other peaceful demonstrations are provided adequate security in line with the standard operational practice of the force.
The IG, he said, however called on leaders and organisers of such rallies to work in concert with the police to ensure the safety of participants and orderliness of the exercise. He further urged them to take measures to deter hoodlums from hijacking the assemblies.
While calling on citizens to provide the police and other law enforcement agencies with useful information in the fight against terror and other related crimes, the IG reassured Nigerians that all necessary steps were being taken towards ensuring that the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are rescued and returned to their loved ones.