For the third consecutive day, supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari have staged a protest at the office of Amnesty International located at 34 Colorado Close, Maitama.
This is despite a directive by the Nigeria Police Force that no protests would be allowed to hold within the Federal Capital Territory unless at the Unity Fountain.
The protesters demonstrated at AI’s office on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, asking the human rights organisation to “stop being critical of the Buhari administration.”
The protesters also asked AI to leave the country if it would not accede to its demands.
AI’s Spokesman, Isa Sanusi, told our correspondent that the protests came on Sunday around 4pm and demonstrated for about an hour before leaving.
Sanusi told The PUNCH that AI would continue to respect the rights of Nigerians to protest as long as they remain peaceful.
Amnesty International recently condemned the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and the arrest of Sahara Reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, had in a statement said, “In furtherance of the efforts by the police at ensuring safety and security of life and property, the free flow of traffic and the protection of commerce and other economic activities, as well as a more coordinated handling of peaceful protest, the Inspector-General of Police M.A. Adamu, has restricted all forms of protests within the Federal Capital Territory to the Unity Fountain, Central Business District, Abuja.
“By this directive, intending protesters are requested to steer clear of all critical national infrastructures especially the Three Arms Zone and other sensitive security areas.”
However, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Federal Capital Territory, Anjuguri Manza, said the ban on protests applies to everyone.
Manza could not explain why pro-Buhari groups were being allowed to stage demonstrations.
He, however, said the main focus of the police ban was the Three Arm zone where the Supreme Court, the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly were domiciled.
When asked why the pro-Buhari protests were allowed to hold, he said, “The ban on protests applies to everyone. The ban on protests still remains.
“However, special focus is on the Three Arm Zone.”