[BREAKING] In June 12th, protesters descended on Osogbo and Akure.
In Abuja, a fight breaks out between #IStandWithBuhari demonstrators on June 12. At the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Saturday morning, members of the #IStandWithBuhari protest group got into an argument. The group’s leaders were spotted having a furious exchange of words about the distribution of monetary resources used to organize counter-protests.
On Saturday (today), the PUNCH stated that there would be major protests in various states across the country and in the diaspora in honor of Democracy Day. On Friday, several digital flyers were widely circulated on social media in Lagos, Gombe, Calabar (Cross River), Yola (Adamawa), Bauchi, Abeokuta (Ogun), Yenagoa (Bayelsa), Port Harcourt (Rivers), Ibadan (Oyo), Ilorin (Kwara), Enugu, Akure (Ondo), Yobe, and Zaria, announcing meeting points in Lagos, Gombe (Kaduna) According to sources who spoke to Saturday PUNCH on Friday, the security agencies have been put on high alert and told to put down any violent protests in any region of the country.
Olushola Odumosu, a spokesman for the NSCDC, stated that intelligence agents would be working through the night to ensure that the Democracy Day celebration went off without a hitch. Dr Ahmed Audi, the NSCDC Commandant-General, has also asked State Commandants to mobilize their respective Rapid Respond Squads, according to Odumosu.
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“At the moment, our men are deployed,” he said. They are on patrol right now, and will continue to do so throughout the night to guarantee that law and order is maintained. We’re not going to take any chances. If anything is going to happen, it will begin in the middle of the night. As a result, our men are out on patrol with other security services. The CG has also ordered all state commandants to deploy the Rapid Response Squad to deal with any situation that may arise. They would act as a backup squad for those on patrol, as well as an intervention team. When asked if the corps had received intelligence about a probable security breach, the NSCDC spokesman said the security agencies were just taking precautions in light of the current security situation and secessionist movement. Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Usman, Commander, Guards Brigades, assured residents that there would be no security breach in the FCT, saying he was unaware of the planned rally in the federal capital and that his men would be on duty as usual.
The Guards Brigades are in responsible of security in the FCT and at the seat of authority. When asked if troops would be deployed to prevent possible violence during the Abuja protests, the commander answered, “If I deploy, I won’t tell you.” There would be no breakdown of law and order if we did what we normally do.” ASP Mariam Yusuf, a spokesperson for the FCT police command, also stated that people will be conscripted to safeguard residents and public infrastructure during the Democracy Day anniversary celebration, stating, “Our men will be on the ground to defend FCT citizens and public infrastructure.”