Police in Akwa Ibom reiterate ban on masquerades

Police in Akwa Ibom reiterate ban on masquerades

By Sunday Bassey, Uyo.


The Police Command in Akwa Ibom warned in Uyo on Sunday that the ban on masquerades parades is still in force across the state.


The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, reiterated the prohibition in a statement he issued.


He explained that the ban became necessary following violent and lawless actions of masquerades, leading to killings, threats to lives, assaults and other breaches to fundamental rights.


“A case in point is the `EKONG’ in Mbak Ikot Abasi and Mbak Ikot Idiongo villages in Mbak Etoi in Etoi Clan, Uyo,’’ he stated.


The police also outlawed a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by masquerades on the communities on Aug. 20, 22, 27 and 29.


The curfew infringed on the fundamental rights of the people to move freely and to associate, Macdon stated.


The PPRO quoted the Commissioner of Police, Mr Olatoye Durosinmi, as warning that anyone who flouted the ban would face the wrath of the law.


Macdon advised law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful duties without any fear of molestation, as the police would spare no efforts at ensuring their safety.

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