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Don’t violate Electoral Act, Kaduna police warn politicians

By Saxone Akhaine and Abdulganiyu Alabi, Kaduna
21 September 2022   |   2:43 am
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Kaduna State Police Command has warned political parties and their candidates to abide by the Electoral act or risk arrest and detention.

[files] Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba. Photo/FACEBOOKTHENIGERIAPOLICE

As state goverment cautions NANS against blocking highway

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Kaduna State Police Command has warned political parties and their candidates to abide by the Electoral act or risk arrest and detention.

It also warned parents and guardians not to allow their wards to be used as thugs and troublemakers before, during and after the elections.

Addressing executive members of the Kaduna State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), during a courtesy call to the command, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Yekini Adio Ayoku, promised there would be watertight security at the polls.

He expressed satisfaction with journalists in the state, saying he had not encountered bad media against his command, since he assumed office in April as 40th CP in Kaduna.

Ayoku urged journalists to maintain the cooperation they have been giving the command, adding that media practitioners should not celebrate kidnappers by the kind of headlines they cast.

Earlier, NUJ Chairman, Hajiya Asma’u Halilu, told the commissioner there was a need to improve collaboration between the union and officers, even as she urged prompt issuance of information to correspondents.

She also assured the police boss of adequate coverage of the command’s activities.

MEANWHILE, Kaduna State government has cautioned members of the Nigerian Students Association (NANS) against blocking roads in protest over the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU).

In a statement issued by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, shortly after NANS announced the plan to shut down the Kaduna-Abuja highway, he described the move as “unacceptable,” saying security agencies will work to enforce law and order.

Aruwan said: “Individuals or groups planning to restrict citizens’ movements are advised to desist, in the interest of public peace. While the Kaduna State government is not depriving citizens the right to express discontent, public security and safety must always be the foremost consideration.”

He said the danger of barricading a strategic route, like the Kaduna-Abuja Road, is better appreciated within the context of ongoing security operations covering the route and other areas of interest.

“Keen attention must also be given to the possibility of certain gatherings degenerating into violence. Citizens are, therefore, strongly advised against participating in such processions, particularly those that will impact normal socio-economic activities of other citizens or expose lives to unnecessary danger.”