Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday, May 28, declared the Atyap Community Development Association as an unlawful society.
El-Rufai in a statement released by his media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, said Atyap Community Development Association has constituted itself into a Society that is inimical to the peace of the State and has been covertly involved in acts capable of endangering the peace, tranquility, harmonious coexistence, and good governance of Kaduna State.
The governor signed the proscription order in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 60 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law No. 5 of 2017, and Section 5 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was also noted that the proscription order became effective on May 24, 2023.
The statement added;
“The proscription order noted that Sections 38 and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantee the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and also the right to the freedom of association and peaceful assembly to all citizens.
“It also noted that Section 45 (1) of the1999 Constitution vests in the Governor the powers to take such measures and actions as are necessary for the promotion and protection of public safety, public order, public morality or public health, or the rights and freedom of all persons in Kaduna State.”