The Kaduna State Police Command has announced total ban on all processions and processions ahead of the trial of Shia leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaki in Kaduna today.
A statement issued Tuesday by the Command’s spokesman, DSP Mukhtar Aliyu, who announced the ban said there would be heavy deployment of security personnel to safeguard the general public.He said residents should be “extra vigilant of their environment, persons around them, activities of suspicious persons so as to prevent miscreants disturbing the peace.
“The law abiding people of Kaduna state are to note that adequate security has been put in place for a hitch free court appearance”. He said that part of the strategy put in place would be traffic diversion on Independence way, Bida road and all roads leading to Ibrahim Taiwo Road.
Aliyu stressed that the ban on all forms of processions or demonstrations in the state was still in force and the police would deal with any person or group that violates the ban.“The Kaduna State Police Command uses this medium to call on the general public to report suspicious activities or persons around them to the nearest security agency”, he added.
It would be recalled that supporters of the Shia leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaki have been on a sustained demonstration in both Kaduna and Abuja to demand the unconditional release of their leader even as many of such protests turned violent with the Police throwing canisters of tear gas and hot water on the protesters.
But human right activities and lawyers have continued to prevail on government to either bring the religious leader to trial or release him on bail as have been variously demanded in court rulings.