Police ban social events in Bauchi over violence
The Command’s PRO, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar, said according to “Public Order Act and its statutory responsibility of prevention of crime, we have placed a total ban on all forms of social gathering in public places without approval of the Command.”
The Guardian had reported that three persons were killed while eight others were injured during a birthday celebration which resulted in violence. Also, vehicles and houses were destroyed in Lushi and Tsakani area in Yelwa.
However, Police said, “This order has become necessary in view of recurrent violence emanating from such gatherings, which in the past led to the loss of lives and property.
“Henceforth, any person or group of people wishing to organise any form of social event should get security clearance from Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of that area or as the case may be from the Area Commander or the Commissioner Police not less than 48 hours of the scheduled gathering time.”
He said anyone found violating the order would be arrested and dealt with according to the law.
The Command, however, appealed to members of the public to cooperate with it, saying it was done in the best interest of peace loving people of the state and not to deny anybody’s fundamental right of freedom of association and to ensure that the existing peace and security in the state was sustained.