Gubernatorial Election Ruling: Police beefs up security in Sokoto

Ismail Umar, Sokoto

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The Sokoto State Police Command says it has deployed no fewer than 1000 conventional and plain clothes Officers and men across Sokoto State.

The move comes as the Supreme Court of Nigeria is set to hear the Appeal brought before it by the Gubernatorial Candidate of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto on Monday.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, said the measure was to ensure that peace reigns before and after the hearing.

The CP added that, particular attention was being focused on the Sokoto metropolis and its environs, as well as on some strategic locations within their vicinities.

Mr Kaoje further averred,” We are on a 24-hour red alert and we are on standby, round the clock, 24/7. We will not waiver in our sustained routine and surprise tactics to keep the peace.

” We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the State safe and secure , for all the law abiding residents to conduct their lawful businesses .”

Zero Violence
The CP also vowed that, the strategy would be maintained until further notice , in line with the recent directive issued by the Inspector General of Police ( IGP), on a 24-hour, nationwide red alert .

Mr Kaoje expressed delight that zero-violence was witnessed during last Friday’s Congregational prayers across the state .

”The massive deployment of our officers and men has by the special grace of God, paid off and we will not relent in our efforts.

”This is to ward off any unpatriotic persons from breaching the peace, as well as the unrepentant criminals,” the Commissioner added.

Re-election saga
It would be recalled that the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sokoto state chapter and its governorship candidate in the 2019 General Election, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto had dragged Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), before the Supreme Court over his re-election.

Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto in his submissions challenged the judgements of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and that of the Appeal Court that all dismissed his petitions, for lack of merit.

The Tribunal and Appeal court had dismissed APC’s petition on the 2nd of October and 22 of November, 2019, respectively.

The four-member Panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal Court, Sokoto Division in their unanimous judgement read by Presiding Justice Husseini Mukhtar agreed that, the petition filed by APC and its Governorship Candidate, challenging the victory of Governor Tambuwal, as upheld by the Tribunal, was lacking in merit.

According to a Notice signed by Ibrahim Gold, Director/HoD,Litigation, dated 10th January, 2020, the Appeal will be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Monday, 13th January, 2020.

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