Police Take Strong Action as ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ Posters Surface in Northern State

Police Take Strong Action as ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ Posters Surface in Northern State

- Two persons pasting anti-Buhari posters have been arrested by the police in Kogi state

- The police said the actions of the two persons cannot be termed as a peaceful protest

- Reacting to the development, the Kogi state government warned that it would not entertain anyone playing divisive politics

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The police in Kogi state have arrested two unnamed persons for allegedly embarking on a smear campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Punch reported that the Kogi state commissioner of Police, Ayuba Edeh, confirmed the arrest on Monday, April 5.

Legit.ng gathers that the two persons were arrested around 2:30am while painting buildings and pasting posters with the inscription: ‘Buhari Must Go’.

Police Take Strong Action as ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ Posters Surface in Kogi State
Police in Kogi have arrested two persons pasting ‘Buhari-Must-Go’ posters. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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Edeh stated that while citizens had the right to protest, such must be done lawfully without inciting the public, Daily Trust also reported.

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The police boss added that the young men could not have been protesting in the dead of the night, noting that painting walls and pasting anti-Buhari posters could not be termed as a peaceful protest.

Kogi government reacts

The state commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, commended the youths, saying they were who apprehended the anti-Buhari protesters and handed them to the police.

Fanwo said Kogi state remains a stronghold of President Buhari, alleging that the anti-Buhari posters were printed in a south-south state.

He said the state government is committed to improving the living standards of the people and will not allow anyone to play divisive politics.

Nigerians react

Olanrewaju Olumhide Fadairo commented on Facebook:

"Is defacing a public property still a crime in these climes? If yes, what is the rant about?
"Same way they have the right to protest "Buhari must go" peacefully, others have the right to proclaim "Buhari must Stay". In the process of exercising your rights, do not trump on the rights of others...

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"If majority affirmed Buhari must stay through the ballot, you have no right to cause Buhari to leave through a coup de tat using civil unrest as weapon."

Ehigie Bright said:

"Peaceful protest is their right"

Joshua Victor Adimbo said:

"Nawawo... The thing done reach like this? We are under dictatorship"

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Angry youths flog anti-Buhari protesters

Legit.ng earlier reported that a video had emerged online of some youths in Kogi state taking canes to the buttocks of two anti-Buhari protesters.

In the video shared by online news medium Premium Times on Monday, April 5, the youths accused the protesters of defacing a wall on which they had painted 'Buhari Must Go'.

They ordered the two protesters to put fresh paint over the words while beating them with canes.

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In another related report, supporters of President Buhari on Monday, April 5 gathered in front Nigerian House in London to show solidarity for the Nigerian leader.

Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu tweeted a video of the supporters on Monday after and described them as 'patriotic Nigerians'.

He also shared pictures of the supporters on social media carrying placards with inscriptions such as 'This storm will surely pass', 'We pray for President Buhari'.

Source: Legit.ng

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