Police bans procession in Sokoto ahead of governorship tribunal’s judgment

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The Sokoto State Police Command has banned any form of procession before and after the judgement of the state governorship election tribunal.

The three-member panel headed by Justice Haruna Mshelia will rule on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mallam Sa’idu Umar, challenging Governor Ahmed Aliyu’s election on Saturday.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Kaigama, announced the ban in a statement issued on Friday in Sokoto by the command’s spokesman, Ahmad Rufai.

Kaigama said: “It has come to our attention that there may be intentions to hold processions or celebrations in relation to the judgment.

Sokoto State has earned a reputation as one of the most peaceful states in our great nation, and we intend to maintain that dignity.

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“I am making it unequivocally clear that any form of procession or gathering that violates the law or disrupts the peace will not be tolerated.

The CP added that law enforcement agencies are prepared and fully equipped to protect the lives and property of people in the state.

“We urge residents of Sokoto State to remain law-abiding and to promptly inform the police and other relevant security authorities about any potential issues of concern.

“The cooperation and vigilance of the people are crucial in maintaining the peace and security we all cherish,” he added.

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