The Commissioner of Police in Bauchi State, Auwal Musa Muhammad, has met with leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Joint Public Negotiation Council (JPNC) to find ways to ensure a peaceful protest ahead of the nationwide protests scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2023, over the hike in the pump price of petrol.
On Tuesday, representatives of state NLC chairman Shu’aibu Dauda and state JPNC chairman Ibrahim Maikudi met at the Bauchi State Police Command Headquarters on Yandoka Road in Bauchi.
CP Auwal stressed the importance of cooperation with union leaders before, during, and after the scheduled protest to maintain the state’s current atmosphere of calm and for the safety of citizens’ lives and property.
The Police Commissioner reaffirmed his dedication to the protection of all citizens throughout the drill.
He warned that the scenario will be used to retaliate violently against anyone who tried to take advantage of it for things like vandalism, gangsterism, or extortion.
“The command will not tolerate any act that would create any inconveniences to the peace and well-being of the state and our dear country,” Auwal stated emphatically.
In their separate statements, union leaders expressed their commitment to working with the Bauchi State Police Command to ensure a peaceful protest by sharing relevant information and taking other precautions such as ensuring that all members who plan to march in the procession are properly identified and implementing other internal check measures.