By Linus Aleke
The FCT Police Command has given the reasons why it deployed a police detachment to provide all-round security at the secretariat of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
FCT Police Commissioner, CP Haruna Garba, said the deployment of police personnel to the headquarters of the Union is solely to avert impending bloodletting and clash between two factional groups led by Tajudeen Baruwa and Basiru Agbede.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson, FCT Police Command, SP Josephine Adeh, the CP said, the police will not fold its hands and allow the leadership feud between the two groups to degenerate into a breakdown of law and order, stressing, that it is the Force’s constitutional responsibility to maintain law and order.
According to the statement, “The FCT Police Command has found it pertinent to respond to the recent statement issued by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), regarding the deployment of police personnel to the headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
It is essential to clarify that the deployment of police personnel to the headquarters of the Union is solely to avert impending bloodletting and clash between two factional groups led by Tajudeen Baruwa and Basiru Agbede.
The primary duty of the police is to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, and this includes preventing the breakdown of law and order. In situations where there are concerns about potential violence, unrest, or disputes that may escalate into violence, the police are obligated to take preventive measures to protect lives and property.
The deployment of police personnel to the NURTW secretariat is not an act of interference in the internal affairs of the Union. Rather, it is a proactive step to forestall any potential violence or illegal actions that could arise from disputes within the Union”.
Comrade Joe Ajaero, the police said, raised concerns about the invasion of the union and the alleged attempt to dethrone a legally elected leadership.
The statement again explained that “It is crucial to emphasize that the police’s role in such situations is to ensure that disputes are resolved peacefully and by the law. If there are concerns about the legality of any actions taken, the appropriate legal channels should be pursued as Command understands the NLC’s concerns about the situation potentially escalating into violence”.
CP Haruna Garba appreciated the misgivings raised by the NLC and hereby assures that the personnel deployed have been tasked to be professional while carrying out their duty by upholding the principles of human rights and neutrality.