As reactions continue to trail the Adamawa State Police command’s decision to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the North East state, starting Saturday, the governor, Bala Ngilari, has distanced himself from the order.
The decision has been criticised as governorship and state assembly elections are ongoing in the state.
The All Progressives Congress said the decision was suspect as there were no cases of security breach in the past days, to warrant a curfew. The party urged its members to defy the curfew, saying it might be a ploy to allow the manipulation of the vote.
In a statement Saturday, Governor Ngilari said “the state government has not imposed any curfew on the State”.
He said the government has already contacted the state police command to clarify the motive behind the imposition of the curfew.
In a related development, the state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Commissioner of Police, Gabriel Adaji, of trying to truncate the democratic process in the state.
“It is highly suspicious because the curfew purportedly imposed on the State by the State Police Commissioner is unwarranted and an unnecessary interference in the electoral process,” the party said.
In a statement signed by its Secretary, Abdullahi Bakari, the party said the curfew was imposed “as a means of creating avenues for some scheming politicians to take undue advantage of the process to short-change our party and candidates contesting the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.”
Mr. Bakari said the reasons given by the Police Commissioner to warrant the imposition of the curfew were “puerile and unacceptable” because there was no breach of peace or security throughout the process of electing the President and National Assembly Members in the State.
“There was also no post-election violence in the State as claimed by the Police Commissioner. Going by the overwhelming victory recorded in Adamawa State by our party the APC during the March 28th elections, we view the actions of the Police Commissioner as a direct affront on our Party and an action intended to benefit some other parties or candidates.