The Benue State Police Command has warned against any protest in any part of the state.
The command gave the warning in a statement issued by the Spokesperson of the command, Catherine Anene on Sunday, saying it had gotten intelligence that some people were planning to stage a protest.
While warning against any form of protest, the statement said it is a trying moment for the state.
The statement did not, however, say if the planned protest was a result of the armed robbery incident that took place in the Otukpo LGA last Friday or not.
Last Friday, several people including an Otukpo Divisional Police Officer and three police officers were murdered by suspected armed robbers who raided four banks in the ancient town of Otukpo.
Police have confirmed the death of two of the fleeing robbers after engaging security operatives in a gun duel along Otukpo/Taraku road.
Also, four of the fleeing suspected armed robbers were later arrested.
Titled, ‘Benue Police Command Warns Against Protest At This Trying Time’ the statement described the planned protest as a plan to sabotage efforts of the police to manage the “fragile security situation” in the state.
The statement read in parts, “The Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP. Bartholomew Nnamdi Onyeka has described this as a plan to sabotage efforts of the police to manage the fragile security situation that is currently being handled.
“He further explained that a protest at this time would avail hoodlums and other criminal-minded persons an opportunity to cause mayhem.
“The CP warns intending protesters to refrain from such actions as the environment is not conducive for a protest.
“The police boss has also directed the Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) to tighten up security in their areas of responsibility and resist any efforts of protesters to encourage breach of peace.
“He also called on stakeholders including; Traditional rulers, Religious leaders, youth leaders, and parents to warn their children/ wards to desist from any form of protest at this sensitive time.
“CP Onyeka assured the people of of the state of his commitment to fight crime and enjoined the people to provide useful and timely information to the police.”