Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Kano – The police authority in Kano has explained why it stopped the Muhammadu Buhari’s one- million man march by Youth group in Kano.
Briefing reporters on the development, the police Image Maker in Kano, ASP Magaji Musa Majia said that the Sani Abacha stadium venue proposed by the group for the rally was already allocated for National league encounter between Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United.
Majia stated that the allocation of the said venue was done by the supervising authority on first come first served, pointing out that 3 distinct groups had applied for the venue on same day.
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The police local spokesman said ” NFF, Muslims Group whose Quran recitation was scheduled for Saturday at the stadium were among the group that applied for usage of the facility, and as far as I know NFF got the nod on the basis of first come first served."
Majia revealed that the right of usage was granted to Buhari Youth group a day after, pointing out that the decision that prevented the group from streets procession was based on security concerns in the city.
The police spokesman said that similar streets procession proposed earlier by President Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Agriculture, Dr Baraka Sani was denied permission, stressing that “Kano is not like other cities and we have the responsibility to safeguard its security”.
He dismissed as blackmail insinuations that police action was politically motivated, adding “in a free world people are free to hold an opinion”.
Majia expressed the readiness of the police to work with critical stakeholders to ensure peace and stability in the commercial city, pointing out that they would not be distracted by those who holds contra opinions.
He therefore called on politicians to conduct their activities within the confines of the law and refrain action or inaction that would compromise Kano security.
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