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Kogi govt bans procession in Kotonkarffe, environs

Kogi governor Usman Ododo

By Richard Elesho

Despite the ongoing public holiday, the Kogi State Government has placed a ban on all kinds of processions in Kotonkarffe Town, Kogi Local Government, and environs.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, who made this known in a statement, hinted that the ban is a proactive measure aimed at safeguarding peace and security in the state, and urged the law enforcement agencies to enforce the ban.

“Acting on security reports to maintain the peace enjoyed in Kotonkarfe and its environs in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, the Kogi State Government hereby announces a ban on all forms of procession in Kotonkarfe and neighboring communities.

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‘”The proactive ban is aimed at curbing plans by some elements in the area to disturb the peace of the ancient town.

“His Excellency Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo reiterates his administration’s commitment to peaceful co-existence among all Kotonkarfe people and will always leave his doors open to listen to complaints and grievances rather than resort to violence.

“We urge all concerned to strictly abide by the ban as violators will be treated as enemies of peace and the State. The decision of the State Government is aimed at protecting the rights of the Kotonkarfe people, and indeed all Kogites, to peace and security.

“We urge law enforcement agents to enforce the ban in accordance with the laws of the land. Kotonkarfe people should also be committed to peace and harmony as the Government is prepared to protect them from violence.

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