As Nasarawa State residents anticipate the Court of Appeal’s verdict on the March 18 governorship election, the state’s police command has cautioned against violence, warning of potential arrests and prosecution for those involved.
Acting Commissioner of Police, Shetima Mohammed, conveyed this message during a press conference held in Lafia on Monday.
He stated that officers had been deployed throughout the state’s 13 local government areas to ensure the maintenance of law and order during and after the court’s judgment.
Mohammed urged political parties to advise their supporters against participating in any violent activities, emphasizing that anyone causing disturbance would face legal consequences as per the law.
He said, “The state police command in collaboration with the military and other security agencies have 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. I hereby call on leaders of all political parties to prevail on their supporters to shun unguarded utterances that may trigger political tension or engage in mass action that may be seen as preparation for violent procession.
“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 breakdown of law and order shall face the full wrath of the Law.
“While assuring the good people of Nasarawa State of our commitment to providing adequate security, the citizens are encouraged to avoid any act of omission or commission that may lead to chaos or disrupt the peace of the state.”