February 24, 2024

David Ombugadu, the Peoples Democratic Party’s gubernatorial candidate, has sued Sule of the All Progressives Congress, disputing his win in the 2023 gubernatorial elections. – Nasarawa Protesters

The Nigeria Police Force of Nasarawa State Command, announced the arrest of at least 30 demonstrators on Friday for opposing the conclusion of the Supreme Court decision that recognised Governor Abdullahi Sule as the victor of the state’s gubernatorial election on March 18, 2023.

The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the governor on October 2 and proclaimed Ombugadu the victor of the election.

Sule, dissatisfied with the decision, filed an appeal, and he was pronounced the genuine winner of the race.

This forced Ombugadu to seek the Supreme Court’s ultimate decision on the subject, which likewise upheld Governor Sule.

Speaking on the situation on Friday, state Police Public Relations Officer DSP Ramhan Nansel stated that, in addition to the 38 individuals apprehended by the command, 29 motorbikes were seized by its officers during the protests in Lafia, the state capital.

He went on to say that the protestors were detained because they breached a peace accord struck by APC and PDP stakeholders in the state before the Supreme Court decision.

Nansel stated, “The command has caught 38 persons in connection with the protests, and we have collected 29 motorbikes.”

“After the Supreme Court decision, the demonstrators were outraged and blocked the roads, burning tyres and interrupting vehicle traffic and economic activity. That is why they were arrested.

“A total of 30 women and eight men were detained. 29 motorbikes were also found.”

“The suspects were promptly transferred to the State Criminal inquiry Department in Lafia, where an inquiry was conducted and they were put in court for prosecution.”

“The court has remanded them in prison custody pending their bail determination on Monday.”

While advising the state citizens to go about their business without fear, the PPRO informed them that the command was working with other sister security agencies to keep the state’s 13 Local Government Areas quiet.

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