KANO State Government has expressed concern over the violent clash between members of Shitte sect and some group of individuals in the state which occurred because of flagrant disregard to an earlier ban by the police on public procession in the state, saying government would deal with any person, group, organization or individuals that violate this order. The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, made this know in a statement to newsmen in Kano on weekend. “This unfortunate violation of police order by the Shiites and taking laws into their hands constitute criminal breach of law and order and will not be condoned henceforth. “The government, therefore, reminds the group and the general public of the ban of any form of public procession in whatever guise without prior authorization,” Garba said. He said that the government would deal with any person, group, organization or individuals that violate this order. According to him, this is part of government effort to ensure maximum security of lives and property and maintenance of law and order in the state. He then advice members of the group and the general public to be law-abiding and live peacefully with one another. Meanwhile, Police in Plateau state said 44 members of the Shiite Movement, who embarked on a procession that later turned violent in Jos North LGA of the state have been remanded in prison custody in Jos. Commissioner of Police in the state, Peter Ogunyanwo, stated this while briefing newsmen in Jos at the weekend. It could be recalled that the Shiite members had embarked on a procession in the state recently prompting residents of Anguwan Rogo, in Jos North local government area of to burn down structures belonging to the Shiites. The CP said 45 Shiite members were arrested by the men of Operation Safe Haven and handed over to the police. “The procession by members of Shiite in Jos, which later turned violent, resulted in the arrest of 45 of them by the men of Operation Safe Haven and later handed over to us for prosecution. “Without much delay, we arraigned 44 of them because one among them is a minor; he is just four years old. “As I am speaking to you, the 44 arraigned have been remanded in prison. “We actually advised them not hold that procession because the peace being enjoyed on the Plateau is still fragile and we envisaged violence arising from that. “But they did not heed to our advice and went ahead with the procession. “As predicted the procession turned violent, with properties worth millions destroyed,” he said.
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