The Plateau State Government says its earlier ban on  public procession in all parts of the State is still in force.

Consequently, no persons should engage in any form of protest  until further notice, the State Commissioner of Information, Yakubu Dati said in a statement, Monday.

The decision according to Dati is to prevent "miscreants and unpatriotic elements" from hijacking any protest to further inflict pain and hardship on innocent citizens.

The reminder comes few days after Local Government elections favouring the ruling All Progressives Congress sparked widespread riots in parts of the state.

Dati who had accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of sponsoring the riots said the judicial arm of Government has set up a local government election petition tribunal and an appeal committee to deal with any petition that may arise from the "peaceful local government polls" in thirteen local government areas of the state.

The tribunal according to him was set up by the chief Judge of Plateau state, Justice Yakubu Dakwak before the elections which held last week Wednesday.

He therefore calls candidate that feels aggrieved over the result of the election to approach the tribunal rather seeking self-help through protests.

He expressed the government's appreciation of the democratic right of citizens to protest but said the administration also has a duty to protect lives and property.

The Commissioner solicited the cooperation and support of citizens to ensure that politicians do not use them to achieve "selfish ends."