Yusufu Aminu Idegu
The Plateau State Police Command has suppressed wild jubilation of residents and party loyalists following the judgement of Appeal Court which invalidates the election of Governor Caleb Muftwang.
A three-member panel, in a unanimous decision on Sunday in Abuja, held that Muftwang was not validly sponsored by the PDP as provided by Section 285(2) of the Nigerian Constitution.
The command had early Sunday morning placed anti-riot policemen at strategic locations and flash points across the state capital.
Daily Trust gathered that the policemen were placed on read alert to respond to any wild reactions from anyone.
The police were also under the instruction of the Commissioner of Police to prevent any form of protest as a result of the court judgement.
A police officer who pleaded anonymity told Daily Trust that “We will remain on the street in the next one week. We are under instruction not to allow any jubilation or any protest. We are here to enforce peace at all cost. We are also on the street to give residents confidence to go about their normal businesses.”
Police vans are seen stationed at the secretariat junction, Old airport Junction, First gate Dadinkowa, PRTV Roundabout in Rayfield, Bukuru, Area 1 junction in Rayfield, Bauchi road, Tudunwada, Angwa Rukuba and Faringada market.
It was difficult for party loyalists to take to the street after the news of the judgement filtered into the city of Jos at about 3:30pm on Sunday.