Few hours to Saturday’s Governorship and State Assembly elections, the Adamawa State police have declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.
The curfew will take effect on Sunday and will last till Tuesday.
Opposition parties have threatened to defy the order.
Addressing journalist in Yola, the capital city on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Gabriel Adaji, said the decision was taken at a crucial inter-agency security meeting and was aimed to curtail the breakdown of law and order.
He said the decision was taken “to avert some nasty experiences encountered when the Presidential elections result was announced where miscreants hijacked the celebrations”.
He said the “the police will enforce the dusk-to-dawn curfew and anyone found wanting will be dealt with”.
Similarly, the commissioner announced that just like the presidential election, movement of vehicles will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. He also announced the total ban on tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep, and truck pushers from Saturday to Tuesday.
The curfew did not sit down well with the All Progressives Congress as the party alleged that the police might be conspiring to rig the elections.
The organizing secretary of the party, Ahmad Lawal, said they will defy the order.
“We are not going to abide by it because it was not part of the accord earlier signed by stakeholders. They should have told us this during our stakeholders meeting,” he said.
“How could police declare dusk-to-dawn curfew, we are not happy.
“The police has conspired to rig elections but we will not agree. We are not in fighting a war and cannot see any reason why a curfew should be imposed after the conduct of peaceful elections,” he said.
Also reacting, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement, Ahmad Modibbo, and his party members vowed to resist the imposition of the curfew.
Speaking through the Director General of his Campaign organisation, Sunday Wigra, Mr. Modibbo said “as far as we are concerned, the move by the police is vain and will be resisted”.
“It seems police want to cause problem, because nothing happened during the recent elections, why now?” he asked.