By Nnaya Okemini, Umuahia
Mba, CG of Abia State Vigilance Group
The Commander General (CG) of the Abia State Vigilance Group (ASVG), Martin Mba has said the ASVG will not condone violent protest in the state no matter its magnitude or the reason.
Mba stated this while addressing journalists at the headquarters of the ASVG in Umuahia, the state capital, warning that violence is an ill wind with capacity for endless crisis and losses.
He was reacting to a recent demonstration and counter-demonstration by scores of women in the commercial nerve centre of the state, Aba over alleged bad governance and infrastructure failure.
The demonstrators had threatened to mobilise 10,000 women from across the state to press home their agitation if after 100 days the administration failed to reverse the situations.
On the other hand, the counter-demonstrators, carrying placards with various pro-government inscriptions, said the administration has achieved much in tackling various challenges.
They further alleged that the demonstrators had been hired by the opposition to cause crisis and dissatisfaction by the people against the administration, threatening to match them any day.
The CG aligned the ASVG with the state command of the Nigeria Police insistence that protesters must inform the commissioner of police of their intention in writing 48 hours before.
Some of the women protesters on the streets of Umuahia, the state capital
According to a press release by the Commissioner, Mr. Ene Okon, which was signed by the Police Public Relations Office(PPRO), Geoffrey Ogbonna (SP), the police abhors violence and crisis.
He said, “Demonstration is a constitutional right of the citizens in a democratic government, but it should be carried out in line with the extant provisions of the Constitution.”
The commissioner in the release which is now in our possession, explained that any persons or group of persons intending to embark on demonstration must supply every detail about it.
“This will enable the police provide adequate security to protect the protesters and prevent miscreants/hoodlums from hijacking the process to unleash mayhem on perceived opposition or loot properties.