FCTA bans protests, rallies in Abuja markets - Full Gist News


Friday, 18 August 2017

FCTA bans protests, rallies in Abuja markets

FCTA bans protests, rallies in Abuja markets

Following recent incidence of clash by two rival protest­ing groups in Abuja which led to a near breakdown of law and order, the FCT Administra­tion has banned all protests and rallies in all markets in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the FCT Admin­istration has confirmed the re­opening of the popular Wuse Market in Abuja to the public after full restoration of normalcy.

Wuse Markat was closed down after the FCT Minister’s directive following a security breach af­ter a clash by the Charlie Boy’s ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ group and pro Buhari supporters.

In a statement signed by Cosmas Uzodinma, CPS to the FCT Minister states “The Administration notes that the market has since been re-opened to the general public and that normal activities have resumed.

“We reiterate the Adminis­tration’s commitment to the protection of freedom of ex­pression and lawful assembly, but caution that this must be done within the ambits of law and civilized conduct.

“Consequently, the FCT Administration warns that staging political protests in markets and other unauthor­ised areas would not be toler­ated and any person or group involved in this act would be apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

“We urge all the law abiding residents of Abuja to go about their business without fear of any molestations as the FCT security agencies are geared to ensure the security of lives and property in the Territory.

The Administration also wants to use this medium to correct rumours making the round as well as deliberate falsehood to cause fear and disaffection among the resi­dents of Abuja.

The Minister stated that it was not true that anybody lost his life in the incident: “The FCT Administration hereby states that there was NO LIFE LOST in the unfortunate inci­dent”.

“ The FCT Administration wishes to convey its appre­ciation to various agencies and organizations whose timely intervention stemmed the sit­uation from degenerating into a major crisis”.

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