The Kogi State Government has implemented a ban on traditional processions in Kotonkarfe and its surrounding areas due to security concerns.

This proactive measure, as announced by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Kingsley Femi Fanwo, is intended to prevent any disruptions to the peace of the historic town.

The full text of the statement reads as follows:

1. Acting on security reports in order to maintain the peace enjoyed in Kotonkarfe and its environs in Kogi Local Government Area of the State, the Kogi State Government hereby announces a ban on all forms of procession in Kotonkarfe and neighboring communities.

2. The proactive ban is aimed at curbing plans by some elements in the area to disturb the peace of the ancient town.

3. His Excellency Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo reiterates his administration’s commitment to peaceful co-existence among all Kotonkarfe people and will always leave his doors open to listen to complaints and grievances rather than resort to violence.

4. We urge all concerned to strictly abide by the ban as violators will be treated as enemies of peace and the State. The decision of the State Government is aimed at protecting the rights of the Kotonkarfe people, and indeed all Kogites, to peace and security.

5. We urge law enforcement agents to enforce the ban by the laws of the land. Kotonkarfe people should also be committed to peace and harmony as the Government is prepared to protect them from violence.

Kingsley Femi Fanwo
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications

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