Samuel Luka, Bauchi
As the Court of Appeal in Abuja delivers its judgement on the appeal filed by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Guber Candidate, Ambassador Sadique Baba Abubakar against the election victory of Governor Bala Mohammed of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls and the election petition tribunal tomorrow (Friday), Bauchi state police command has vowed to deal with any person or group found disrupting the peace of the state before and after the judgement.
The warning was contained in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen on behalf of the Command’s Commissioner, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad by the public relations officer, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil Thursday.
Titled, “Gubernatorial election petition court of appeal judgement: Jubilation by political party Supporters”, the CP ordered area commanders, tactical commanders and DPOs to strengthen confidence building patrol to avert possible attacks on citizens and clampdown on violators.
“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 judgement from Court of Appeal Abuja Division between the ruling party with the flag bearer Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir CON (Kauran Bauchi) and the opposition party with its flag bearer Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar which is slated to take place on Friday 17th November 2023 must not infringe on the right of others”, the statement said.
The CP directed that supporters must comport themselves in line with the provisions of the law, adding that blockage of roads, fireworks, and inciting utterances or blackmailing opposition party would not be condoned.
“The Command will not dawdle 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”, CP Auwal pointed out.
He vowed that anyone found involving in violation will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He assured that the security agencies have been deployed strategically and directed to ensure full enforcement.
“Against the locale of this development, the Commissioner of Police Bauchi State Command, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad psc, urges members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies as many Police operatives will be seen at strategic areas, routes, and communities to suppress the antics and criminal act of underworld personalities”, the statement further noted.
The police commissioner also encouraged the public not to be tight-lipped in providing useful information that will aid the security agencies to effectively maintain the serenity and ensure the protection of lives and property in the State.
The CP warned officers and men of the Command to be civil professional, and humane in the course of discharging their duties, he equally ordered regular patrols, stop and search, raids, and show of force by tactical commanders to clamp down all nooks and crannies of criminal hideout within and outside of the State.