The activities of hired thugs disrupting peaceful demonstration will no longer be tolerated, the Defense Headquarters warned Thursday.
While nationwide protests demanding the reforms of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the end of its notorious units began last week peacefully, the continued demonstration turned violent in most places where it held this week.
Yesterday, protesters were disrupted by thugs in Lagos State and Abuja, the nation’s capital. Today, their counterparts attacked demonstrators at Osogbo, Osun State capital.
Warning the distractors to steer clear, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, in a Thursday statement, stated that the military would not condone further attacks on the peaceful protesters.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have observed with dismay some violence-related protests across the country, particularly the increasing number of attacks on peaceful protesters by thugs and miscreants,” Mr Enenche said.
“This unfolding event against peace-loving Nigerians will not be condoned. Hence, thugs and miscreants are hereby warned to desist from engaging in violent activities against peaceful Nigerians henceforth, or face appropriate measures,” he added.