The police in Kano State have warned of moves by some party loyalists to commence violent protests in the state amid the Appeal Court judgement in favour of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Usaini Gumel warned that whoever attempts to disrupt the peace in the State will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said there was credible information at the Command’s disposal that some groups of political party supporters were using unconventional media platforms, mobilizing people and planning to enter the streets in protest to the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict which was delivered on Friday, 17th November, 2023.
“The information revealed that the intention of the protesters is to shut down the State in an action which may likely result in violence.
“It’s on this note that the police command issued a warning to residents of the state to be extra-careful as whoever intends to conduct any protest or procession should do so in accordance with the provisions of the law.
“Furthermore, you will all recall that prior to the court ruling, the leaderships of both NNPP and APC had been invited by the Kano State Police Command where a peace accord was signed on Thursday, 16th November, 2023,” he noted.
He added that the objective of the peace accord was to maintain harmony and ensure that the political landscape in Kano State remained peaceful, irrespective of the judgment’s outcome.
“In furtherance, the leadership of the two political parties promised that no politically motivated clusters of people would be allowed at any location under whatever guise, their supporters would not engage in any mass action suggesting preparation for violent processions, protests, or celebrations that may trigger reactions, unguarded statements from their members likely to increase political tension or undermine the security arrangements and sanctity of the judiciary,” he added.
The Commissioner of Police called on all residents to maintain calmness and avoid any form of unlawful gathering, protest, or procession that may trigger violence.