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Plateau State Government on Monday reminded citizens in the state that the ban on public procession in all parts of the state is still in force.

In a statement by State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati made available to newsmen in Jos reads that consequently, no persons should engage in any form of protest until further notice.

“By this notice members of the public are therefore advised to adhere strictly to the ban.”

The statement further reads that “This is to prevent miscreants and unpatriotic elements from hijacking any protest to further inflict pain and hardship on innocent citizens.”

Mr. Dati said the judicial arm of   Government has set up a local government election petition tribunal and an appeal committee to deal with any petition that may arise from the recently concluded peaceful local government polls in thirteen local government areas of the state.

The tribunal was set up by the chief Judge of Plateau state Justice Yakubu Dakwak.

He therefore want any candidate that feels aggrieved over the result of the election to approach the tribunal rather seeking self-help through protest.

He expressed the government’s appreciation of the democratic right of citizens to protest but said the administration also has a duty to protect lives and property.

The Commissioner therefore solicits the cooperation and support of citizens to ensure that politicians do not use them to achieve selfish ends.

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