In defiance of the clearance granted by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for a political rally to hold in Benin, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has ordered a ban on all such political activities in the state.
Obaseki, through the secretary to the state government, Barr Osarodion Ogie, said it is a total ban on rallies and demonstrations in the state.
The governor asked security agencies in the state to go after anyone who breaches the order, no matter how important such a person is in the society.
The government insisted further that the planned rally has the capacity to cause a breakdown of peace in the state thus endangering the lives of the residents.
Obaseki’s government warned that any property owner who avails such political groups the use of a venue for the rally would have it revoked and taken over by the state.
“The events of yesterday 12th December, 2019 were a scary prelude to the absolute mayhem which these irresponsible activities would generate if left unchecked,” the statement said adding that the government was aware of the desperate search for an alternative venue for the rally.
The state government thus ordered the closure of all schools over what it described as “disturbing security report concerning the use of school premises for a political rally.”