Kaduna State government has banned the holding of rallies and other associated public gatherings till further notice.
The Kaduna State Police Commissioner Olufemi Adenaiki disclosed this yesterday at a press briefing he addressed shortly after the State Security Council meeting, where he said the security situation in the state was deliberated upon and the decision to ban rallies in the state was unanimously reached.
According to the police commissioner, the decision was reached against the backdrop of the recent youth rally held in the state which was reported to have been characterized with skirmishes.
He said the ban will take immediate effect and may last for the next two months during which the situation would be assessed.
The police chief, however, said whoever is interested in holding any form of rally or public function must seek approval in writing and must give details of the event and submit same early enough for the authorities to study the application before it could be approved or otherwise.
"The organizers must also give ample time to scrutinize the application because we do not want to toy with the fragile peace the state is enjoying. The ban is not indefinite but may last for a month or two," the commissioner said.
He also disclosed that the police man who shot the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, graduate Moses Murtala Aminu last week, would be dismissed and and prosecuted for murder, adding that those willing to testify would be well protected.
CP Adenaike also said that state government was making necessary arrangement to settle isolated communities in Attakar chiefdom in Southern part of Kaduna State in one area for ease of policing.
He said, the decision became imperative in view of the persistent attack on those areas which has led to loss of lives and properties, even though he said most of the attackers comes from Plateau state.