Following the loud public outcry by groups, the media and members of the public against the alleged brutalisation of the Cross River women street sweepers who were protesting non-payment of their monthly stipend of N5000 and N7500 for the past six months when arrays of reports said policemen had brutalised and tear gassed them.
Aminu, the Commissioner of Police, welcomed questions from journalists at the police headquarters Calabar on Friday when he paraded 30 suspected criminals before the press.
He said such reports about tear gassing of widows were fake, explaining that the canisters of the teargas should be examined very carefully, and that it would be seen that his command does not have such.
He further stated perhaps some videos where women were teargassed were uploaded on social media by some mischievous persons so that his command can be given a bad name.
“I can tell you that nobody was tear-gassed. It is fake news.
“The tear-gassing was not from my command. Let them come up with evidence.
“Let me disclose that teargas canisters usually have labels to depict their origins. Such are not from my command.”
The Commissioner called on individuals, agencies, establishments and agitators of all kinds to always play by the rule while expressing their plight in order not to breach the laws of constitutional rights of others or cause panic in the land.
“Cross Riverians are urged to shun all forms of protests which are capable of being hijacked by people with a sinister agenda.”
Women groups, NLC condemn tear-gassing of protesting streets sweepers in Calabar