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2023: Police warns against unlawful political gathering in Bayelsa

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2023: Police warns against unlawful political gathering in Bayelsa
2023: Police warns against unlawful political gathering in Bayelsa

Authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command has warned politicians in the state against political gathering that does not have authorized permit in the state.

The police also declared that the ban imposed on rallies, campaigns or protests in the state still subsists.

DAILY POST, learnt that the decision of the Police Command followed its earlier report of Thursday’s bloody clash between rival supporters of PDP chieftains from the Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

The clash, which threw the people of Kpansia community of the state capital into panic, led to the burning of cars and macheting of individuals and passersby.

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It was alleged that the PDP supporters involved in the bloody clash are loyal to two camps of the State Commissioner of Health, Newton Aguele/Commissioner for Education, Gentle Emela and a member of the State House of Assembly representing the constituency, Oforji Oboku.

It was gathered that some PDP Chieftains were in the process of leading some APC defectors to the State Governor when they were attacked by supporters of another camp.

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The Police, in a statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson, SP Asinim Butswat, warned politicians against unauthorized gathering, rallies and procession.

The statement read “The Bayelsa State Police Command wishes to re-echo an earlier warning concerning the unauthorized and unlawful gathering of persons or group of persons, without a duly approved Police permit”.

“This reminder has become imperative against the backdrop of an ugly development, where suspected political thugs clashed at Kpansia community on 20th January 2022, leading to burning of a car and injuries on some persons”.

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“The command hereby wishes to state categorically, that it will not condone any act(s) of illegality by any person or group of persons in the guise of protest or campaign, as the ban on rallies, campaign and protest has not been lifted yet.

”The command is soliciting the co-operation and understanding of political party faithful and members of the public to comply with this order, as it is aimed at ensuring public safety in Bayelsa State”.

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