JUST IN: El-Rufai bans religious protests in Kaduna

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State Government has banned all forms of religious protests in the North-West state.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in Samuel Aruwan.

According to the statement, the prohibition was made in response to reports that some groups had begun planning to protest a development in another state in Northern Nigeria––the lynching of Deborah Samuels for alleged blasphemy.

“The Kaduna State Government, in consultation with security agencies under the umbrella of the Kaduna State Security Council, has placed a ban on protests related to religious activity throughout the State with immediate effect,” he said.

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According to him, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who has been briefed of the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of this ban against any form of religious protest in the state.

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He said the governor also charged religious leaders, community leaders and traditional rulers throughout the state to complement the efforts of government and security agencies towards the maintenance of peace and stability.

“Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace and stability of the State, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned.

“Such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted,” he said.

The statement called on citizens to remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits. Residents were also enjoined to report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room.

Meanwhile, in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Saturday imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following a riot that broke out concerning the gruesome murder of a Christian student for alleged blasphemy.