Amidst notice of fresh against alleged federal government’s harassment of promoters of the #EndSARS protests held in October, scheduled for December 5, the Federal Government through the Police IG has vowed to treat any fresh demonstration against perceived police brutality or any other issue, particularly if it threatens to disrupt peace and security of any part of the country, as high treason aimed at unconstitutional regime change.
According to an information gathered by This day live last night from a highly placed Security source, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, had warned that the proposed protest would be resisted by the nation’s security agencies. This warning came shortly before he had a meeting with the commissioners of police in the 36 state commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) last Friday,.
With the threat of fresh protests from Monday, ostensibly to resist the alleged harassment of the promoters of the October demonstrations, the federal government is said to be unprepared to brook any further challenge to its authority.
“The federal government thinks that there is more than meets the eye,” a security source said, asking: “What is the fresh protest about when the government has since accepted all their demands and has put in place the machinery for implementing the demands?”
He said the federal government feels that politics is behind the protest, pointing out that the findings of the security agencies with respect to the funding of the October matches showed substantial political funding.
“We traced some of the funds to some persons of interest; in some cases, some of them apologised, pleading that they did not know that was what the funds would be used for,” he said.
Another security source said there is enough evidence to show that aggrieved political interests are fueling the protest with the intention of forcing the government to its knees.
“They are appealing to perceived popular sentiments, playing on the hard times that are not entirely the making of the government,” she explained, adding: “The people who lost out on the political tough, now want to take advantage of the dire economic situation.”
She stated pointedly: “The strategy is mob rule, the type that occurred in Mali a few months ago. The mistake they are making, however, is that they fail to realise that we have stronger security institutions here to resist unconstitutional regime change.”
However, the Feminist Coalition and a couple of other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that participated in the earlier matches in October, have given a disclaimer saying they are not part of the proposed protest.
“We are not taking part in the new protest,” a member of the Feminist Coalition told THISDAY last night.
“Our initial intervention was to end SARS and seek justice for the victims of its brutal operations,” she stated, adding: “Since the federal government has disbanded the rogue squad and is attending to the other demands, we have no further issues to protest.”
The source said the proposed fresh protest would be vigorously resisted and warned that its promoters would be surprised by the force with which any potentially violent match would be put down.
“As President Muhammadu Buhari said in one of his concession speeches, the federal government’s decision to accept the demands of the protesters should not be mistaken for weakness,” she warned.187