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The Edo State government has warned the organizers of the much discussed Edo rally not to disturb the peace in Edo State.
The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu had yesterday pulled his support and security from the rally, however, members of the Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, told NAIJA CENTER that they don’t need permit to hold rally.
In a statement signed on Friday morning by the Secretary to the Government, Osarodion Ogie, the government warned that whoever allowed his venue to be used for the rally will forfeit the property to the government.
Which means that the current rally being held at the private residence of the former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu could lead to fall out with the government.
According to the public notice signed by the state government, “The government of Edo State has, over the past few days, made clear it position that the plans by some identified mischief-makers to organize an unauthorized political rally in Benin City was capable of leading to a breakdown of public peace and also a danger to the persons and property of Edo citizens.
“The event of yesterday, 12th, December 2019, were a scary prelude to the absolute mayhem which these irresponsible activities would generate if left unchecked.
“In defiance of the clear and publicized instruction of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), calling off the proposed rally owing to the security implications, these desperate persons are presently shopping around for alternative venues to carry out their incendiary activities.
“The primary purpose of Government is the protection of life and property. Consequently, the government of Edo State has placed a total and complete ban on all political rallies, demonstrations and/or processions in any part of Edo State.
“The government has further directed all security agencies to deal firmly with all persons (no matter how highly placed(, who act in breach of this directive.
“Parents and guidians are requested to advise their children and wards not to allow themselves to be used as cannon-fodder in aid of the misguided political ambition and ego of people, whose own children reside and school abroad.
“Government hereby gives notice to all property owners that any venue which is used for activities in breach of this order shall have its right of occupancy immediately revoked and forfeited to the Edo State Government, as we will not allow any persons to turn our dear state into a battlefield.”
The rally which was first scheduled to hold in Garrick, Benin City was later relocated to Ugbor/Amagba after the APC expressed fear over planned disruption by the Obaseki’s camp.