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Senate condemns police attack on protesters against President Buhari

The Senate has condemned the use of force by the Police in dispersing protesters campaigning against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday.

In a statement by the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Senate stated that though it did not support the protest, it would not support violation of fundamental rights of Nigerians.

A group, “OurMuMuDonDo’’, led by Mr Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, on Monday began an indefinite sit-out at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, demanding Buhari’s resumption of work or resignation.

But, on Tuesday, the police forcefully dispersed them after using water and teargas on them, following which Oputa fainted.

The statement said since the ‘Our-Mumu-Don-Do’ protesters did not conduct themselves in such a manner as to disturb public peace, it is not right for the Police to brutalize them as they reportedly did.

The Senate urged the police to review their rules of engagement and ensure that they are in line with that of modern democratic societies.

The Senate however urged the organisers of the protest to join other Nigerians in praying for the safe return of President Buhari.

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