Police arrest, detain physically challenged persons for ‘obstruction’

Police in Delta State have arrested and detained 179 physically challenged persons for unlawful blocking the Benin-Asaba expressway on Monday. It was gathered that the state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, also ordered that they should be made to sign an undertaken to be of good behaviour and never to engage in any riotous act that would disrupt traffic or breach the peace in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Lucky Uyabeme, told Daily Trust yesterday that the physically challenged persons were kept in protective custody to prevent them from fomenting trouble in the state while the leaders were meeting with the state government to address their plight.
But the governor, who spoke when the leaders of the physically challenged persons arrested during the 12-hour protest were brought before him, said it was not acceptable for them or any person to embark on acts that will cause a breach of the peace or disrupt the free flow of traffic.
“We cannot continue to allow you people to behave the way you like. You must sign an undertaken with the police to henceforth be of good behaviour. What you people did is certainly not acceptable. You blocked a major economic route of the nation and caused others unnecessary hardship”, he said.
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