Akwa Ibom: Police reiterate ban on masquerades

Akwa Ibom: Police reiterate ban on masquerades
On Sunday, police in Uyo issued a warning that parades including masquerades were still prohibited in Akwa Ibom.

SP Odiko Macdon, the state's police spokesman, repeated the prohibition in a statement he released.

He described how aggressive and illegal actions by masqueraders resulted in murders, threats against lives, assaults, and other violations of fundamental rights, necessitating the imposition of the ban.

“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.

Police also outlawed a curfew imposed by masquerades on the communities to take effect from dusk to dawn 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.

He 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 fear of molestation as the police would spare no efforts at ensuring their safety.
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