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Two individuals have been arrested in Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital, for carrying posters with the inscription “Buhari Must Go.”
According to the state commissioner of Police, Ayuba Ede, painting walls, buildings and pasting anti-Buhari posters can not be termed as a peaceful protest. Confirming the arrest to journalists from the Tribune on Monday, the commissioner said the individuals were arrested at about 2:00am on Monday.
Meanwhile, In a press statement signed by the state commissioner for information; Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi State Government condemned anti government protests and warned against ‘ungody campaign by some imported and sponsored youths who came to the State to campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The Statement partly reads:
“The sponsored youths congregated at Benue State from where they moved to Kogi State and began to paint walls as well as display anti-Buhari posters that were printed in a South-South State.
“The Kogi youths who are ardent supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari apprehended the sponsored hoodlums and handed them to law enforcement agents for possible prosecution for violating the Environmental Laws of Kogi State and disturbing the peace of the people.
“We are placing it on record that the fanatical following of Mr President by Kogi people is borne out of our faith in his integrity and quality leadership. Kogi is PMB and PMB is Kogi.
“The Kogi State Government hereby sound a note of warning to all agents of destabilization to steer clear of our state in their bid to play divisive, destructive, destabilizing and debilitating politics. Kogi is focused on development and commitment to improving the living standards of the people.
“For us, President Muhammadu Buhari is more than a national leader. He represents an ideology that protects the poor and the weak, an ideology of transparency and accountability, an ideology of security and stability. These are the unfailing strings that bind us with Mr President.”