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Kwara Police Ban Political Campaigns at Eid Prayer Places

Police banned political campaigning, detained political gladiators and shouted party slogans at the Eid prayer ground during Eid-Al-Fitri (Ramadan) prayers.

It was then that the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party were arguing over development.

Kwara State Police Command, in a statement by Police Public Relations Officer Ajayi Okasanmi, assured the people of the state on Saturday of a smooth Ramadan celebration.

“The Command is ready to do everything in its power to make the Eid prayer hall the solemn place it has always been known to be.

Recall that some young people interrupted the prayers during the celebration of Eid-El-Kabir last year at the Ilorin Eid prayer ground when they started to greet the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in the presence of the governor of the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

The intervention of the security agents present on the scene prevented the situation from getting out of hand.

Okasanmi in the statement said, “Political campaigns, calls for political gladiators and shouting of party slogans would not be accepted on the prayer arena.

“Vehicles, tricycles and motorbikes should be parked in designated parking lots within the Eid prayer ground. Observing prayers at the roadside and along the roads to the prayer ground would also not be permitted, therefore, vehicle traffic restrictions at 08:00 in the Eid prayer ground would be strictly enforced.

However, the PDP, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Prince Tunji Morohunfoye, alleged that its top executive members had been arrested by the police following a petition drafted by the APC “which is the party in power in the state”.

Part of the statement read: “It has come to the attention of the Kwara State branch of the PDP that some of its members have been asked by the Kwara State Police Command to clarify certain allegations raised by APC/Kwara State Government for questioning.

“The State PDP Chairman, Secretary and Legal Counsel were also invited by the Department of State Services on the same matter. Our members were asked about plans to cause disturbances at Eid prayer venues during Eid al-Fitr prayers.

Despite the PDP’s allegation, APC Publicity Secretary Alhaji Folaranmi Aro denied that the party had written a petition against the opposition party.

Aro said, “I am not aware of any written petitions against the PDP or any other political party in the state.”

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