The Sokoto State Police Command has deployed no fewer than 1000 conventional and plainclothes Officers and men across the state to maintain peace in the state ahead of the Supreme Court judgement.
The Supreme Court of Nigeria will on Monday hear the Appeal brought before to it by the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2019 governorship, as well as the supplementary elections, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.
The State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kaoje, disclosed this to journalists in Sokoto on Sunday where he said the measure was to ensure that peace reigns before and after the hearing.
In a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Sadiq Abubakar, the CP added that particular attention was being focussed on the Sokoto metropolis and its environs, as well as on some strategic locations within their vicinities.
We are on a 24-hour red alert and we are on standby, round the clock, day and night. We will not waiver in our sustained routine and surprise tactics to keep the peace.
We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the state safe and secure for all the law-abiding residents to conduct their lawful businesses.
Meanwhile, the CP has vowed that the strategy would be maintained until further notice in line with the recent directive issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), on a 24-hour, nationwide red alert.
Kaoje expressed delight that zero-violence was witnessed during last Fridays Congregational prayers, across the state.
The massive deployment of our officers and men has by the special grace of God paid off and we will not relent in our efforts.
This is to ward off any unpatriotic persons from breaching the peace, as well as the unrepentant criminals, the CP added.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), Sokoto State chapter and its governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto has dragged Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), before the Supreme Court over his re-election.
Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto in his submissions challenged the judgements of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and that of the Appeal Court that dismissed his petitions for lack of merit.
It would be recalled that the Tribunal and Appeal Court had dismissed APCs petition for lacking in merit on the 2nd of October and 22nd of November, 2019, respectively.
The four-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal Court, Sokoto Division in their unanimous judgement read by Presiding Justice Husseini Mukhtar agreed that the petition filed by APC and its governorship candidate challenging the victory of Governor Tambuwal as upheld by the Tribunal was lacking in merit.