In a view to stem the increasing political violence in Kwara State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, has banned street rallies and processions.
The governor, in a special broadcast, yesterday, said: “Political campaign rallies have commenced, ahead of the general elections. In keeping with the tradition in our state, these campaigns are expected to be robust, but peaceful.
“Unfortunately, we’ve witnessed increase in criminality as a result of political activities, with a consequent threat to law and order.
“We will not let our state slide back into the dark era of fear and violence. No individual, group or political party will be allowed to disrupt the harmony that defines us as a people. In this regard, there is no doubt that the full weight of the law will be brought to bear on perpetrators of the violence we have witnessed.
“Anyone found to have either contributed to the recent violence or apprehended for involvement will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, no matter their status, background or political affiliation.”
The governor said Kwara State’s peace, security and harmony cannot and will not be sacrificed for the ambition of any individual or political party.