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Tight security as PDP holds presidential rally in Benin

2015-02-04 16:18

Benin - The security arrangement in Benin, Edo was on Wednesday tightened ahead of the Presidential rally held by the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

Security personnel in their hundreds have been strategically located across the city.

The security arrangement was more concentrated around the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, venue of the rally, Akenzua road, Plymount road and Airport road.

Security personnel from the military, Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were strategically positioned in these areas.

Patrol vehicles of the security agencies were seen patrolling the areas around the stadium and Airport road.

As part of the security arrangement, a popular school in the area, Brother Pius Nursery and Primary School, on Akenzua road was closed.

A parent in the school, Mr Efe Omoruyi, said the same school was not closed during the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally held last Thursday.

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"We were not surprised that the decision to close the school was passed to us at the close of school on Tuesday because this is not just a rally but an event that Mr President is attending.

"You can see that some of the parents, who were not aware of the closure, could not even find their way through following the closure of Akenzua road," Omoruyi said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of supporters of the President had started arriving at the Benin airport as early as 7a.m.

Most of the supporters were adorned in colourful T-shirts, in their various groups, chanting solidarity songs in support of the President.

Many of the groups were also seen gathered along airport road waiting for the arrival of the president.

NAN reports that the opposition APC had last Thursday held its own presidential rally at the same Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

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