Police orders stoppage of APC, NNPP Saturday protests in Kano
The police said it will deal ruthlessly with anyone that violated the order.
The warning was contained in a statement on Friday by the command’s public relations officer, SP Abdullahi Haruna, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Husaini Gumel, and made available to newsmen.
Both parties have said they were planning to stage protests simultaneously on Saturday to express their views on the recent ruling of the Appeal Court in the state governorship election petition appeal.
Citizens have however expressed their fear that such simultaneous rallies may disrupt peace and order in the state.
The statement read, “Credible information at the command’s disposal revealed that some groups of people claiming to be political party supporters of both the NNPP and the APC are using various media platforms and mobilising people and planning to enter the streets on Saturday, November 25, 2023, to stage protest against the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict.
“The information further revealed that the intention of the protesters is to shut down the state and attack prominent political party opponents; an action which may likely result in violence.
“At this juncture, the police command is making it categorically clear that no formal notice was received from any of these political parties about the plan to conduct any protest or gathering,
“The police command is issuing this warning to all residents of the state to be extra careful as whoever intends to conduct any protest or procession should do so only in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“Furthermore, the position of the law is very clear, whoever attempts to disrupt the peace in the state will be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.”
Recall that both parties have signed a peace accord prior to the Court of Appeal ruling, pledging to promote peace and order in the state.
The police statement added, “The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Police Command, CP Mohammed Gumel, FIPMA, calls on all residents to maintain calmness and avoid any form of unlawful gathering, protest, or procession that may trigger violence as joint security forces have since been dispatched to strategic locations to safeguard peace and order throughout the state.”
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