Supreme Court judgment: Police arrest 38 protesters in Nasarawa

It was learnt that shops, business centres and schools within the area were hurriedly closed to protect lives and property.

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Supreme Court judgment: Police arrest 38 protesters in Nasarawa
Protests in Nasarawa

The Police Command in Nasarawa says it has arrested 38  protesters in Lafia for alleged public disturbance over the recent Supreme Court judgment which upheld the election of  Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the state.

The suspects were immediately charged to court and remanded at the Lafia Custodial  Centre.

They were charged before the Chief Magistrates’ Court 3 Lafia for the offence.

When the matter was mentioned for hearing by the prosecuting counsel, Danjuma Allu, the Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Abdullahi Lanze, reserved ruling on their bail application to Monday.

Earlier, Illiya Ashokpa, Defence  Counsel, applied  that the court should grant them bail but his application was turned down.

The protesters comprised five males  and 33 females .

DSP Ramhan Nansel, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state had confirmed the arrest and prosecution by the command.

 

BRANDPOWER reports that the Supreme Court had on Friday,  affirmed the victory of Gov. Sule of the  All Progressives Congress (APC) as  governor of the state.

Some residents stormed the streets of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to protest against the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

One of the roads blocked by protesters is the Lafia-Jos Road where they burnt tyres and chanted anti-government slogans.

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It was learnt that shops, business centres and schools within the area were hurriedly closed to protect lives and property.

BRANDPOWER had reported that the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday upheld the election of Abdullahi Sule as the Governor of Nasarawa State.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, in the lead judgment, resolved all the issues identified for determination, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, David Ombugadu.

The applicants – PDP and its candidate sought to set aside the November 23, 2023 judgment of the Court of Appeal, which reversed the earlier judgment of the election tribunal sacking Governor Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state.

One Tonye Barcanista in a post on X said titled, ‘Protest breaks out in Nasarawa state over miscarriage of Justice  by the Supreme Court,’ lemanted, “It is unfortunate that the judicial reforms initiated by President Umaru Musa Yar’adua administration, and carried on by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan government has been left to deteriorate by their successors, Muhammadu Buhari and incumbent Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“A big judicial heist happened four years ago in Imo state, two bigger electoral fraud happened in 2023 in Nasarawa and Ogun States, both have been worn the garment of legality by the Supreme Court – unfortunately.

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“May God protect the common man.”