Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has signed an order banning any form of unlawful assembly of people in any part of the state. The ban was announced on Thursday in Katsina in a statement signed by the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Abdu Labaran.
Labaran said that the order, signed on Feb 27, was in consonance with the power conferred on the governor by Section 97A of the Penal Code.
“Gov. Masari declared that any assembly of two or more persons in any part of Katsina State is hereby banned.
“The assembly by whatever name; whether the people are armed or any of its members is armed with any dangerous instrument which is likely to cause death or bodily injury is banned.
“And if the objective of the assembly is to kill, injure, harass, intimidate members of the public or provoke breach of public peace; overawe by criminal force.
“Or go against the government of the federation, government of the state or any government of Nigeria or any public servant in exercising his lawful powers;
“Resist execution of any law or of any legal process; or commit any mischief or criminal trespass or other offence.
“Or enforce any right or supposed right by means of criminal force or show of criminal force; or compel any person to do what he/she is not legally bound to do or prevent to do what he/she is legally entitled to do by means of criminal force or show of criminal force,’’ he said.
The statement added that defaulters of the order would face the full wrath of the law.
It also advised the public to continue to conduct their daily businesses as the government was ready to ensure adequate security for people of the state.