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Police Warn Party Supporters against Violent Victory Celebration  in Sokoto

<strong>Police Warn Party Supporters against Violent Victory Celebration  in Sokoto</strong>

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The Commissioner of Police Sokoto State Command, Mr. Muhammed Usaini Gumel, has read a riot act to political supporters that are fond of engaging threats, causing grievous harm, criminal intimidation, extortion, looting, arsons or mischief to cause a breakdown of law and order in the guise of celebrating election victories to desist from such plan.

Gumel, who addressed journalists at the command’s headquarters, Gwandu Road, Sokoto, stated that the 79 suspects arrested during the March 18 governorship and state’s House of Assembly elections for contravening the Electoral Act were fully investigated and already transferred to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for prosecution.

However, others that contravened the penal code have been charged to court by the police while others that are still under investigation would be prosecuted at the conclusion of investigation.

He listed reported cases of criminal conspiracy and causing hurt in the disguise of celebrating election victories at Tureta, Sokoto North, Gwadabawa Local Government Areas and Sokoto metropolis.

The cases in Tureta and Gwadabawa have been investigated and suspects charged to court while those from Sokoto North and the metropolis are still under investigation.

The commissioner, however, called on any person who is a victim of such persecution to report to the police command and never to take law into his or her hand or engage in reprisal attacks.

Gumel enjoined the media to broadcast jingles produced by the command against violence in the state, assuring the law abiding people of the state of the preparedness of the command to provide the best form of security for the forthcoming supplementary elections slated to take place on April 15, 2023.

He assured the people of the state that the supplementary elections would be hitch free.

He enjoined the electorates in areas where the supplementary elections would take place to come out en masse to exercise their franchise because police would provide adequate security for their protection.

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