- The Edo government headed by Godwin Obaseki has announced a total ban on all political rallies in the state
- Governor Obaseki ordered security agents to take serious actions against anyone who disobeys the government's instruction no matter how highly placed
- The government says recent happenings in Edo have made political rallies dangerous
In defiance of the clearance granted by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for a political rally to hold in Benin, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has ordered a ban on all such political activities in the state.
Obaseki, through the secretary to the state government, Barr Osarodion Ogie, said it is a total ban on rallies and demonstrations in the state.
The governor asked security agencies in the state to go after anyone who breaches the order, no matter how important such a person is in the society.
The statement released on Friday, December 13, and obtained by Legit.ng, insisted that the current tension in the state is the result of the move by some people to carry out an illegal political rally in Benin, the capital of the state.
The government insisted further that the planned rally has the capacity to cause a breakdown of peace in the state thus endangering the lives of the residents.
Obaseki’s government warned that any property owner who avails such political groups the use of a venue for the rally would have it revoked and taken over by the state.
“The events of yesterday 12th December 2019 were a scary prelude to the absolute mayhem which these irresponsible activities would generate if left unchecked," the statement said, adding that the government was aware of the desperate search for an alternative venue for the rally.
Legit.ng reported that there was a protest in Edo on Thursday, December 12, as thousands of youths loyal to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, stormed the streets over a planned mega rally to receive a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and other defectors into the ruling party.
The state government thus ordered the closure of all schools over what it described as “disturbing security report concerning the use of school premises for a political rally.”
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