Police forbids offensive utterances ahead Wednesday Guber tribunal judgement in Bauchi

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

As the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal gets set to deliver its judgement on Wednesday, supporters of various political parties have been warned to desist from making inciting and offensive utterances while celebrating or managing the pains of defeat.

The Bauchi state Police command which stated this in a press statement on Sunday, directed all area and tactical commanders as well as Divisional Police Officers to strengthen patrol to avert attacks on citizens.

According to the press release, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Muhammad Musa Auwal vowed clampdown on violators of the order.

“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 Tribunal judgement coming up on Wednesday 20 September 2023 (GEPT) must not infringe on the rights of others”, the statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Mohammed Wakil said.

The Police Commissioner advised that the supporters must comport themselves in line with the provisions of the law.

He further warned that blockage of roads, use of fireworks, and inciting utterances would not be condoned.

CP Auwal vowed that the police will not hesitate to deal decisively with deliberate violators of the order or any attempt to cause breakdown of law and order in whatever form.

“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”, he added.

The CP therefore, urged members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies, saying many Police operatives would be seen at strategic areas, routes, and communities to suppress the antics and criminal act of underworld personalities.

The press statement went on to encourage 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, ordering that regular patrols, stop and search, raids, and show of force by tactical commanders be staged to clamp down all nooks and crannies of criminal hideout within and outside of the State.

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