Police ban street procession in Ekiti ahead of polls


The Police in Ekiti have banned street procession to forestall a breakdown of law and order and unwarranted loss of innocent lives as witnessed during the June 21 governorship election.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi, the Command said the step was taken in view of the perceived high level of political intolerance among politicians.

Adeyemi said that “Intelligence at the disposal of the command indicates that some political parties intend to stage street processions in large numbers as part of their campaign strategies.

“Considering the peculiarity of the political situation in Ekiti State, coupled with the level of political intolerance, such street processions if allowed to happen will inevitably cause conflict , chaos and breakdown of law and order with possible disastrous consequences.

“In order to forestall breakdown of law and order, the command once again appeal to to all political stakeholders to obtain permit for any campaign, which must be restricted to a particular location in order for the police to ensure adequate protection at such avenues.”

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