The Kaduna State Government, in consultation with security agencies under the umbrella of the Kaduna State Security Council, has placed an immediate ban on all forms of religious protests in the state.
This was contained in a statement on Saturday, May 14, by the Commissioner for Internal Security; and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna.
The statement said the prohibition became imperative. This was due to moves by some unpatriotic elements to organise a series of for-and-against protests related to a security development in one of the Northern states.
According to him, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, who has been briefed on the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the ban in the state.
He explained that the Kaduna governor also charged religious and community leaders; as well as traditional rulers throughout the state to complement the efforts of government; and security agencies to maintain peace and stability.
“Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace; and stability of the state, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned.
“Such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted.
“Citizens are implored to remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits; and to immediately report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, on 09034000060 and 08170189999,” he said.
Meanwhile, Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki on Friday, May 14, in Benin, blamed the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state on the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Reviewing the state’s security situation for the months of February, March, and April; Gov. Obaseki said Edo recorded 19 drug abuse cases in February, 34 cases in March and 23 cases in April.
“Drug abuse is now the number two issue of concern in our state.
“Our analysis shows that there is a high rate of consumption of drugs in the last few months.
“This is not unconnected with the ASUU strike which has kept many students at home and idle,’’ the governor said.