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2 Shot Dead, 33 Women Protesters Remanded In Prison Custody Following Clash With Police Over Nasarawa Supreme Court Judgement

Following the Supreme Court of Nigeria which  on Friday upheld the election of Abdullahi Sule as the Governor of Nasarawa State, As Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, in the lead judgment, resolved all the issues identified for determination, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, David Ombugadu.

Some residents were reportedly shot at on Friday when they clashed with operatives of the Nigeria Police force during a protest in Lafia, Nasarawa State as some residents stormed the streets of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to protest against the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule.

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The Nasarawa State Police Command operatives, who were drafted to disperse the protest, in the process were said to have shot some protesters.

Witnesses said two of the protesters died the hospital, but SaharaReporters could not ascertain the number of casualties. One of the roads blocked by protesters is the Lafia-Jos Road where they burnt tyres and chanted anti-government slogans.

It was learnt that shops, business centres and schools within the area were hurriedly closed to protect lives and property. Not less than 38 suspected protesters against the Supreme Court judgment in Nasarawa State governorship election have been remanded at Lafia Correctional Center for allegedly causing a public disturbance.

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Recall that on Thursday, it was exclusively reported that there was disquiet in the opposition camp in Nasarawa State over the composition of the Supreme Court panel which would hear the governorship election case.

The suspected protesters were charged before the Chief Magistrate Court three, Lafia by the state Commissioner of police.

It could be recalled that the arrest of the protesters followed the Supreme Court judgment where some aggrieved protesters mostly women were arrested by security operatives.

The Nasarawa State Commissioner of police, Umaru Shehu Nadada ordered the protesters to be charged to court for public disturbance.

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When the matter was mentioned for hearing by the prosecuting counsel, Danjuma Allu, the Chief Magistrate, Mohammed Abdullahi Lanze reserved his ruling to Monday 22 January, 2024.

.However, the defendants counsel, Iliya Ashokpa pleaded the court to grant his clients bail but was not granted.

The Thirty-eight suspected protesters including a man who was allegedly arrested when he went to picked his vehicle from the mechanic were later taken to the Nigeria Correctional center in Lafia while awaiting trials.

Among the remanded protesters include about five men and thirty-three women.

 

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