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Police place Kaduna residents on security alert as El-Zakzaky appears in Court

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the last riot during the trial of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, in Kaduna, the Police authority have warned residents to be security cautious during the trial and also avoid routes, leading to the Kaduna State High court where he is due to be arraigned on Wednesday.

It will be recalled that the Police lost a senior officer during the last riot to protesting members of the IMN, who attacked the police with stones and other objects. Although the group has debunked the claim by the police.

Police Public Relations Officer for the state’s Command, DSP Mukhtar Aliyu, made the announcement on Tuesday, cautioning residents.

According to PPPO, “The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to notify the general public to exercise more security consciousness as they go about their daily chores and other lawful businesses by being extra vigilant of their environment, persons around them, activities of suspicious persons etc so as to prevent miscreants disturbing the peace of the state.

“Members of the public should note that the ban on all forms of processions/demonstrations in Kaduna State is still in force.

“The Police will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who deliberately attempt to violate the ban.

“In view of the Court Trial of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky on Wednesday 11th July, 2018, the peace loving and law abiding people of Kaduna State is to note that adequate security has been put in place for hitch-free court appearance.

“Therefore, the public is advised to remain calm and not to be apprehensive where they observe unusual number of security personnel in town.

“As part of the strategy put in place for a smooth process of the court trial, there will be traffic diversion in the following areas: Independence way, Bida Road, All roads leading to Ibrahim Taiwo Road.”