From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Kaduna State Government on Tuesday took proactive measures against  members of the general public that might want to block the Kaduna-Abuja highway and  any other routes as a mean of expressing dissatisfaction against constituted authority.

The measures taken by the State government came on the heels of speculation in town that members of National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) were going to block major highways in Kaduna, just as they did at the route leading to Lagos Airport in solidarity with striking members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Though, the Kaduna State government was not specific as to the nature of those intending to block the highways, it however said, “it is unacceptable and a prelude to breakdown of law and order”

In a statement issued by the State  Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, it warned
individuals or groups planning to restrict citizens’ movements to desist in the interest of public peace.

“The danger of barricading a strategic route like the Kaduna-Abuja Road is better appreciated within the context of ongoing security operations covering the route, and other areas of interest.

“While the Kaduna State Government is not depriving citizens the right to express discontent, public security and safety must always be the foremost consideration.” The statement said.

The statement added that serious attention must also be given to the possibility of certain gatherings degenerating into violence.

“Citizens are therefore strongly advised against participating in such processions, particularly those which will impact the normal socio-economic activities of other citizens, or expose lives to unnecessary danger.”

“Citizens may kindly be reminded that collective security should remain the first and most important consideration at all times. Individuals, unions and other groups are therefore urged to note this advisory for strict compliance,” the state government said.

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