7th December, 2015
Apparently to forestall possible breakdown of law and order after the final announcement of the gubernatorial election result in Bayelsa state, authorities of the Nigerian Police Force have banned all forms of procession, rallies or demonstrations in the state.
The ban was announced in a press statement signed by AIG Hashimu Argungu and circulated Monday morning at the venue of the election collation centre in Yenagoa.
The police authorities in the statement, said information at their disposal “revealed that some disgruntled elements are planning to carry out illegal demonstrations, processions and rallies,” warning that such conduct will jeopardize the ongoing electoral process.
“Therefore, the Command warns the intending perpetrators to desist from such acts as it will deal decisively with any person or group of persons who wish to engage in any conduct that will compromise the existing peaceful atmosphere.”
The police advised members of the public to go about their normal businesses and assured that security agencies are poised to guarantee the safety of their lives and properties.