The Bauchi State Police Command has placed a ban order on all protests in Bauchi State.
The decision was informed by the counter protests between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the declaration of the last Saturday’s governorship election inconclusive by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through the State Returning Officer, Professor Kyari Mohammed in the early hours of Monday after the collation of the results.
According to a press release signed and issued by the Command PPRO, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar the ban on protests by supporters of the two main actors in the governorship election would reduce the tension that had built up in Bauchi as well as return to law and order.”
“Meanwhile with regards to some reported cases of attacks on innocent members of the public by suspected Sara-Suka political thugs which most times emanated from political rallies in Bauchi metropolis, the Command wishes to assure the members of the public that, it is on top of the situation and is taking necessary measures to deal with the menace once and for all.,” the released stated.
The Command, according to the release, further stated that “sequel to the declaration of Bauchi State governorship election held as inconclusive by INEC and subsequent scheduling of re-run election on March 23 in some parts of the state.
“The Bauchi State Police Command calls on the good people of the state to remain calm and avoid any act capable of causing break-down of law and order at this critical time.”
The Command also used the medium to appeal for co-operation and understanding of the members of the public in this regard starring that “as it is done in the best interest of peace loving people of the State and to ensure that, the relative peace and security in the State is sustained.”
It would be recalled that series of protests have followed the declaration of the governorship election in the state as inconclusive a development that has even led to the loss of lives of innocent people, who were attacked by political thugs, popularly known as ‘Sara-Suka,’ who had been on a rampage in some parts of the metropolis.