Kano: Police Issue Stern Warning to NNPP, APC, Forbid Protest Against Governor's Removal  - The Top Society

Kano: Police Issue Stern Warning to NNPP, APC, Forbid Protest Against Governor’s Removal 

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The Kano State Command of the Nigerian Police Force has issued a stern warning to members of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, cautioning against any plans to protest the Court of Appeal judgment affirming the removal of the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.

In a statement released by the Command’s spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna, members of both political parties were explicitly warned that police operatives would take decisive actions against any individual or group violating this order.

The statement, issued on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Husaini Gumel, accused certain supporters from both parties of utilizing various media platforms to mobilize people for a protest scheduled for Saturday, November 25, 2023. The planned demonstration is in objection to the Kano State Governorship Appeal Court’s verdict, which affirmed the removal of Governor Abba Yusuf.

Remarkably, neither the NNPP nor the APC had informed the police command of any intention to conduct a protest or public gathering.

“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 statement partly read.

”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. 

“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 Command emphasized the need for residents to exercise caution, warning that any planned protest or procession must adhere strictly to 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.” 

It added,

“The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Police Command, CP Mohammed Gumel, FIPMA, 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.” 

This warning comes against the backdrop of peace accords previously signed by the leadership of both the NNPP and the APC, both before and after the State Governorship Court of Appeal ruling.

The accords, pledged in front of the state police command, underscored the commitment of both political parties to work collaboratively with security agencies to maintain peace in Kano State.

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