Kaduna State Government has gained the power to arrest the Northern youth who gave the Igbo in the Northern part of the country notice to quit.
The notice to quit sparked off tension in the country with many condemning the action.
Those opposed to the notice to quit described it as a violation of the rights of the concerned people to live in any part of the country.
Although the Governor of Kaduna ordered the arrest of the Northern youth who gave the Igbo ultimatum to leave their states, none of them was arrested.
They had also, later reversed the order, saying that the Igbo were free to reside in any part of the North.
However, Samuel Aruwan, spokesman of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, said in a statement that the governor had obtained a warrant of arrest and was ready to apprehend those behind the crime.
He also expressed the commitment of the government to ensuring that peace continued to reign in the state.
He called on the people of the state to go about their lawful duty without any fear of insecurity.
The statement reads in part: “When some elements barged into our state capital to deliver an illegal ultimatum to a section of our community, the government condemned it and ordered the arrest of those concerned…
“Therefore, anybody that sights them or is aware of their location should proudly discharge the civic duty of informing the police. The criminal complaint specifies the sections of the recently updated Penal Code Law of Kaduna State, 2017 that were violated by those that issued the illegal ultimatum.
“These include; inciting disturbance: section 78, disturbing public peace: Section 77; injurious falsehood: section 373; unlawful assembly: Section 66; and Criminal Conspiracy, Section 59.
“The formal criminal complaint and the bench warrant secured on 8th August 2017 provide a basis to investigate, apprehend and ultimately prosecute the suspects.
“Accordingly, a competent court has directed the commissioner of police of Kaduna State to act on the criminal complaint. The Kaduna State government considers this a most important matter of law enforcement, and will not relent on the matter.
“Anybody contemplating unlawful action should know that such will invite a vigorous law-enforcement response. The Kaduna State government is persuaded that a law-governed society should always signal that sanctions will follow illegal behaviour.
“This is in the interest of justice, peace and harmony. Nobody has the power to evict another citizen or to tell them where they can or cannot live.”