Bauchi State Government has banned all form of public gatherings and religious processions, in the state.
The government made this known in a statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Bello Shehu, on Wednesday in Bauchi.
“It has become imperative to impose a ban on all public gatherings and processions in the state with immediate effect. All security agencies are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance with the directive,” Mr. Bello said.
The government said the ban is as a result of the security situation in the state.
Bauchi is the latest to impose such ban, weeks after Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto Katsina and Kano states banned processions in their states, following protest from Shiite members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, demanding the release of their leader.
Earlier this week, the Borno state government imposed a ban on all processions “under any guise, form, and whether by individuals, groups or organisations.
Disclosing this in a statement, the secretary to the state government (SSG), Usman Shuwa said security agencies have been directed to fully enforce the ban, warning that any attempt at resisting it will be met with full force of the law.
Meanwhile, the immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda returned to the state yesterday to the warm embrace of his supporters after 18 months of absence from the state.
Addressing journalists, Mr. Yuguda said that he came home to thank the people of Bauchi State, after suffering from an ailment for one and half years,
He, however, told his supporters that he was not in Bauchi for politics and that he will not belong to any political party for now.