Police ban rallies, pasting of posters, billboards in Sokoto

Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

The ban will remain till three months before the elections.
The Police Command in Sokoto State, on Monday, banned all political parties from holding rallies, pasting posters and hoisting billboards in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Shuaibu Gambo, who made this known after a meeting with the political party leaders, said it would foster sustainable peace and unity in the state.

Mr. Gambo said that the meeting was necessary to clearly spell out responsibilities to politicians in Sokoto State.

“We have a lot of political parties that are represented in Sokoto State, but we have problems with only two political parties in the state,” he said.

He urged that politics should not be regarded as “a do or die affair,” but simply, a free association in which people come together for the development of their society.

“So, there is no point for the political parties recruiting thugs to intimidate members of the public or kill one another. The political parties can hold their meetings, but coming out for political rallies or campaign is not allowed until three months before the election,” Mr. Gambo said.

The commissioner said that any political party having any activity should inform the police, and security would be provided for the party.

“The police are not happy with the shedding of blood and burning of the political parties’ structures in the state,” he said.

(NAN)‬


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