By Abdullahi Jalalalluden
The Kano police command has banned all forms of protest in the state, with the aim of ensuring adequate security and safety of lives and property.
The Commissioner of Police Kano State, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel disclosed this during a media briefing held at the Police Command Headquarters, Bompai Kano.
He said following brewing tension over outcome of ruling of the election tribunal in Kano, the state Command deemed it necessary to take appropriate measures to avert breakdown of law and order.
CP Gumel warned supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to desist from engaging in protest without clearance from the police.
He said “In consideration of the confirmatory intelligence products at the disposal of this Police Command, all forms of street protests are hereby banned across all parts of the State.”
According to the Commissioner of Police, “Members of the public should therefore note that it has come to our knowledge that both the APC and the NNPP members are currently mobilizing rented crowd in the guise of Civil Society Coalition and without clearance from the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and without prior approval from the security agencies in the state.”
“Both organizers as well as the umbrella body should note that any attempt to disrespect NLC and the Security Agencies in the state, by playing around the fragile security situation, which the combined security agencies have been managing, is not only uncivil, criminal but also an offense against National Security” Gumel said.
He noted that Checks have so far been conducted by the Police Command and has reveals that some members of both two political parties who are influencing the members of Civil Society Organisations to embark on this decision was meant to pre-empt the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal.
CP Gumel futher said “Finally, this Command is ever grateful with the enormous support and cooperation it has been enjoying from the good people of the State for the peace, security, stability and the overall interest of all residents.”