It was gathered that the Katsina State Government has announced an immediate suspension of all kinds of gatherings, processions and rallies until further notice.
The step is a reaction to Wednesday’s violent religious clash in Funtua, which reportedly led to the death of no fewer than ten persons while many were injured.
A statement by Labaran Malumfashi, the Special Assistant on Media to Governor Aminu Masari, said the suspension was with immediate effect.
A copy of the statement on Friday said, “This action by the Katsina State Government became necessary in view of recent developments threatening peace across many states in the northern part of the country.
“It is to be noted that violation of this directive will be decisively dealt with without prejudice to the social status of the offenders.
“People are advised to go about their businesses and activities within the bounds of the law, with the full assurance that the government will not allow anybody, groups or organisations to hold the state to ransom under any guise.
“People of the state are also advised to report to the authorities any suspicious activities capable of endangering the peaceful atmosphere in the state. However, under no circumstances should anybody take laws into their hands. Security agencies have been directed to ensure the effective enforcement of this directive, which will remain in force until further notice.”