Senate Condemns Police Attack On Protesters

The Senate on Wednesday said the use of force by the Police to disperse anti-Buhari protesters in Abuja is unacceptable.

In a statement on Wednesday by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate said it does not support the violation of human rights.

The statement read, “While we are opposed to the subject of the protest, the Senate acknowledges the fact that the protesters have the constitutional right to gather and express their views in a manner that will not breach public peace, order and tranquillity.

“Since the ‘Our-Mumu-Don-Do’ protesters did not conduct themselves in such a manner to disturb public peace, it is not right for the police to brutalise the people as they reportedly did yesterday.

“The police should review their rules of engagement and ensure that they are in line with that of modern democratic societies. The rights of the people should not be violated by the police employed to protect these rights.

“Where the police suspect that hoodlums are trying to hijack the protest, it is the duty of the police to apprehend the hoodlums and those who break the law rather than generalise and thus brutalise innocent protesters.

“We, however, urge the organisers of the protest to join other Nigerians in praying for the safe return of President Buhari. They should note that any mortal being can find himself in the situation where one needs medical attention and more time to fully recuperate.

“Moreso, when in the present case, the President complied with the provisions of the Constitution and all organs of government are not impaired nor hindered by his medical vacation.”

The Senate on Tuesday had condemned the calls for Buhari’s resignation, stating that he has not broken any rule.

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