Kano State Police Command has called on the residents in the state to be mindful of better ways to celebrate election victory.
According to a Police Diary statement on Monday, the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel urged the good people of the State to abide by the dusk-to-dawn curfew as the Police and other law enforcement officials are on the trial for criminally minded people who are out to attack innocent people and loot properties
Other parts of the statement read;
The long-awaited 2023 general election in Nigeria has come and gone. The Security concern is now focusing on the way people celebrate the election victory. It’s important to note that celebrations should always be respectful and mindful of the fact that the people celebrating are inclusive of all people, regardless of political beliefs, religion, or culture.
It’s on the foregoing that the Police Command is calling on the good people of the State to respect the rules and regulations regarding gatherings and celebrations of election victories.
Commonly, some may choose to hold rallies, parties and Walimat, and any other events to show their excitement and enthusiasm, and in some instances, traditional festivals such as Durbar are held.
The Command wishes to reiterate that a better way to celebrate election victory is for the celebrants to avoid the use of violence or vandalism; instead should always engage in peaceful and non-destructive conduct.
The party leaders are also expected to do away with using hate speech or engaging in discriminatory behaviour towards individuals or groups who may not have supported the winning candidate or party.
Celebrations should always be conducted in accordance with the extant laws and regulations. This includes not blocking streets or disrupting bullying or harassing individuals who may not have supported the winning candidate or party. This is never acceptable.
Celebrations should be positive and respectful towards all individuals, regardless of their political beliefs. It’s also important to remember that reckless driving, and engaging in any other illegal activities depicted the course to criminality which security and law enforcement agencies can never accept.
Celebrations should therefore always be conducted in a peaceful, respectful, and responsible manner. Residents should therefore remember that the celebration is being conducted in a way that is inclusive and respectful of all individuals, regardless of their religious, regional, or political inclinations.
CP Gumel appreciates the good people of the State for their cooperation and calls on them to abide by the dusk-to-dawn Curfew as criminally minded people are planning to take advantage of the gatherings to attack innocent citizens and or loot their properties.