The Bauchi State Police Command has deployed officers to critical places throughout the state ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on the state governorship election.
The police also prohibited any celebrations or rallies by political party supporters for or against the winners/losers of the gubernatorial election petition judgment between Governor Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, with its flag bearer, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar.
Superintendent Ahmed Wakili, the command’s spokesperson, stated this in a statement released to journalists on Friday.
According to the statement, the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Musa Muhammad, has read a riot act to all Area Commanders, Tactical Commanders, and Divisional Police Officers in order to increase confidence-building patrols, prevent attacks on residents, and crack down on violators.
The statement reads, “The Nigeria Police Force, Bauchi State Command wishes to notify the general public that all forms of celebrations and rallies by political party supporters for or against winners/losers of the Gubernatorial Election Petition judgment from the Supreme Court between the ruling party with the flag bearer Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir and the opposition party with its flag bearer, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar, which is scheduled to take place on Friday 12th
“Moreover, the joyful supporters must behave in accordance with the norms of the law; roadblocks, fireworks, inflammatory comments, or blackmailing the opposing party would not be tolerated.
“The Command will not hesitate to decisively deal with any person(s) or group(s) who violate this order or deliberately cause the breakdown of law and order in whatever manner.”
The document went on to say that “those in violation will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law as security agencies have been deployed strategically and directed to ensure full enforcement.”