Police lift ban on rallies in Kwara

THE Kwara State Police Command has lifted the ban on rallies, protests and other public gatherings in the state.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Command Okasanmi Ajayi on Saturday, February 11.

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“This press release is to inform the public that their cooperation and strict compliance with the order of temporarily banning rallies and processions in the state has helped the Command in quickly preventing criminal elements from taking advantage of the fuel and naira note swap challenges.

“Consequently, the Command wishes to lift the imposed ban on rallies and processions in the state as all necessary security arrangements have been put in place across the state to forestall any security breach, now, during, and after the general elections,” the statement said.

    Ajayi urged residents to remain cooperative with the police while it’s officials carry out their duties.

    “The Command is fully ready to continue to discharge her constitutionally assigned duty of protecting the lives and property of citizens and residents alike,” the statement added.

    The Kwara State Police Command had banned rallies, protests and gatherings in the state on February 8.

    The Command said it had received intelligence reports suggesting that lawbreakers had plans to hijack such gatherings and cause chaos within the state.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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