Abuja - The Kaduna State Security Council has warned individuals against inciting religious, ethnic and civil disturbances in the state.
Officials said appropriate measures would be taken, no matter the individual’s standing.
Samuel Aruwan, Government spokesperson, said the council also reiterated that the law banning commercial motorcycles in the state was still in force and the law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure compliance and prosecution of any breach.
Aruwan also resolved that anyone found fabricating allegations of religious blasphemy, whether as a basis for seeking sympathy or for any other reason, would be treated as someone out to incite violence and the breakdown of law and order in the state.
“Such a person will be prosecuted as prescribed in the Penal Code and other existing laws,” he said.
He said in the event of allegation of religious blasphemy, citizens of the state are cautioned not to take the law into their hands.
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“Rather, they should report to security agencies who will promptly handle such matters, according to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, the Penal Code and other laws. Anyone that unilaterally takes the law into his or her own hand will be prosecuted accordingly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aruwan said the council noted and appreciated the efforts of the citizens of the state in cooperating with the security agencies and the government.
“The council urges them to redouble their efforts in alerting security agencies, and traditional and religious leaders, about all suspicious movements and activities of individuals or groups that may pose threats to the peace and stability of the State,” Aruwan said.
The development follows deliberation on the recent incidents at the Kawo General Hospital where peace was threatened.
Last week, an argument between two workers, who held opposing political opinions, at the hospital reportedly twisted into an issue of blasphemy.
- CAJ News