By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Following the gunmen attack during a peaceful rally addressed by Sen. Dino Melaye in Lokoja on June 12, the state police command has placed an indefinite ban on rally, procession and demonstration in any part of the state.
The state Commissioner of police, CP Wilson Inalegwu announced the ban in Lokoja on Wednesday.
He explained that the ban will remain in place until current tensed political situation in the state improves.
The police Commissioner who announced this during a meeting with senior police officers of the command described the gunmen attack on Melaye and his supporters at the rally as sad, unfortunate and avoidable.
He reiterated his earlier call on politicians to always obtain police permission before holding and rally.
Inalegwu said that decision was debated and approved by an emergency meeting of the state security council held on June 13.
According to him , no procession , rally and demonstration will be allowed again in the state without a threat assessment Rory from area commanders and the divisional police officers and his final approval.
He further directed that vehicles engaging in illegal use of siren on the highways in the state should be impounded as from June 22.
He said that vehicles with covered plate numbers and illegible plate numbers should be similarly arrested, saying that violators will be arrested and prosecuted.
A stated that a task that will implement the ban order had been set up.
According to him, the state governor, his deputy , ambulances, emergency response vehicles and the Central Bank of Nigeria bullion vans are exempted from the ban.
He directed his officers to write formally to local government chairmen, state commissioners , traditional rulers and others in of the decision banning them from using siren.
“ No abuses will be tolerated, it is strictly for crime control and not any other motive,“ Inalegwu said.
The police Commissioner charged his officers to be ahead of criminals by constant raids of criminals hideouts based on intelligence.
He explained that the raids must be carried out in line with best policing practices and respect for fundamental human rights of the Nigerians.