Council Chairman Bans Protests in Lokoja

Lokoja chairman, Abdullahi Adamu

The caretaker Chairman of Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State, Mr. Abdullahi Adamu has announced a ban on all forms of protests in the state capital and environs.

The Chairman announced the ban on Sunday through a statement signed by his special adviser on security, Muhammed Bala Yusuf.

He stated that any illegal procession that will inconvenience residents, motorists, and businesses will be resisted.

The statement said the attention of Lokoja Local Government has been drawn to a rumored planned protest by some persons in the guise of Okada Riders ahead of the inauguration of the Kogi State Chapter of the Motorcycle Operators Union of Nigeria, MOUN.

It stated that while the current authority of the Local Government respects the rights of individuals to peaceful assembly and expression of grievances, interests, or bias, the lawful processes and procedures can not be bypassed.

“The rumored planned protest, if true, is illegal and hereby banned in Lokoja Local Government and its environs.

“Without mincing words, ANY person or group of persons that engage in any illegal procession aimed at causing traffic congestion, inconveniences to presidents and businesses and any form of disruption to our community would face the full weight of the law,” the statement read

The local government urged aggrieved persons to explore peaceful and proper channels of resolving their issues, without resorting to unlawful actions that would affect the peace of the council.

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