MAY 29: Bauchi police warns against disrupting inauguration

The Bauchi State Police Command has said that it has fortified the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, venue of the May 29 inauguration of Governor Bala Mohammed, for a second term, assuring that no stone will be left unturned in providing adequate security for a smooth process.

The Command also vowed that it is fully prepared to deal with aggrieved individuals or groups who may want to cause any form of crisis or chaos before, during or after the swearing-in in any part of the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, stated these in a media statement he made available to journalists on Saturday.

The statement is entitled: “Gubernatorial inauguration: CP beefs up security in the State, fortifies Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium for a seamless inauguration ceremony. Urges citizens to cooperate with security agencies.”

Wakil, a Superintendent of Police said that specific security arrangements have been formulated towards giving citizens and visitors a conducive atmosphere for a hitch-free exercise.

He said: “Since the conclusion of the 2023 general elections and the announcement of the Governor-elect, comprehensive security measures have been implemented throughout the State. Specific plans have been formulated for the Inauguration ceremony, outlined in the operation order, ensuring heightened protection while accommodating invited guests, well-meaning Nigerians, and the International Community in witnessing this significant event.

“Collaborating closely with all levels of government, private sectors, the Nigerian Armed Forces, and other security agencies, are committed to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens. Our collective objective is to facilitate a commendable and seamless inauguration ceremony on May 29, 2023.

“The Bauchi State Police Command has mobilized its operational and human resources to establish a robust security arrangement. Adequate personnel have been assigned to safeguard the Government House/VIP Lodges, provide security in and around the Stadium, monitor the State’s borders, and oversee entry and exit points, as well as critical government installations.”

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Wakil added that the Commissioner of Police, therefore, calls upon all citizens to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing the inauguration and swearing-in ceremony, and urged them to promptly report any suspicious activities of groups or individuals to the Police or other relevant security agencies.

“The Command sternly warns non-state actors or any aggrieved groups or individuals to pursue redress through due process and the rule of law, as law enforcement agencies will not hesitate to quell any confrontations or acts of insecurity.

“In conclusion, we implore all law-abiding citizens to support the Police in our mission to ensure the safety and security of all. The Command is fully committed to creating a safe and secure environment before, during, and after the Inauguration,” he assured.

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