As anticipation mounts over the forthcoming judgment by the Court of Appeal regarding the March 18 governorship election in Nasarawa State, the State Police Command has issued a strong caution to residents against engaging in violence during and after the verdict. The Acting Commissioner of Police, Shetima Mohammed, delivered this warning during a press conference held in Lafia on Monday.
Emphasizing the need for maintaining law and order, Commissioner Mohammed disclosed that police officers had been deployed across all 13 local government areas of the state to ensure a peaceful environment during and after the appeal court’s judgment. He urged political parties in the state to take responsibility for the conduct of their supporters and followers, emphasizing that anyone found inciting violence would be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Commissioner Mohammed stated, “The state police command, in collaboration with the military and other security agencies, has made security arrangements to ensure law and order before, during, and after the appeal court judgment. Security personnel have been adequately deployed to strategic locations in the state to maintain peace.”
He further called on political leaders to caution their supporters against making unguarded statements that could escalate political tension. Additionally, he urged them to discourage any mass actions that might be interpreted as preparations for violent processions.
Commissioner Mohammed warned, “They should also celebrate moderately without infringing on the fundamental rights of members of the public, as anyone or group that tries to disrupt the peace and cause a breakdown of law and order shall face the full wrath of the law.”
Reiterating the commitment of the police to ensuring the security of Nasarawa State, Commissioner Mohammed urged citizens to avoid any actions that could lead to chaos or disrupt the prevailing peace. The police, in collaboration with other security agencies, are poised to enforce the law rigorously and maintain a secure environment for the populace.