The Rivers State Police Command has restated its determination to protect lives andÂ property during the three day warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The commands spokesman, Mr. Akin Fakorede told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) inÂ Port Harcourt on Tuesday that though it was not anticipating any violence during theÂ strike, it would be on alert and be prepared to deal with any breakdown of law andÂ order.
He said the command had strengthened its patrol systemsÂ and intelligence basis toÂ ensure that hoodlums do not capitalize on the strike to cause mayhem.
“The Rivers State Command is well prepared for the challengesÂ Â that will arise fromÂ the planned NLC strike.
“We do not expect the strike to degenerate into any act of lawlessness but we areÂ prepared with adequate strategies to respond should there be any uprising, upheaval,Â any protest, any untoward action that will be a fall out of the strike.
”We have strengthened our patrol systems, we have strengthened our intelligenceÂ basis, we have placed the anti-riot police on full alert and we have made provisionsÂ to protect all key points, vulnerable points and sensitive governmentÂ installations,” he said.
Fakorede said the commandâ€™s 24 hour patrols were on and its emergency lines openedÂ for the public and would remain alert for any emergency that might arise during theÂ strike.
He urged the public to report to the police, suspicious persons or movements thatÂ could lead to breakdown of law and order or cause crime in their areas.