Deborah Yakubu: Kaduna Bans Religious Protests, Vows to Descend on Violators

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Following the uprising over the brutal murder of Miss Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto, the Kaduna State government, in consultation with security agencies under the umbrella of the Kaduna State Security Council, has placed a ban on forms of religious protests throughout the State with immediate effect.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, on Saturday.

The statement noted that the prohibition became imperative in view of moves by some unpatriotic elements to organize series of for-and-against protests related to the Sokoto saga.

“Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who has been briefed of the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of this ban against any form of religious protest in the State.

“The Governor also charged religious leaders, community leaders and traditional rulers throughout the State to complement the efforts of government and security agencies towards the maintenance of peace and stability,” the statement read in part.

In addition, “Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace and stability of the State, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned,” eating further that such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted. 

The statement further urged residents of the state to “remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits, and to immediately report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, on 09034000060 and 08170189999.”

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