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Security tightened ahead of PDP Convention

30 August 2013, 07:34

Abuja - Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar has assured Nigerians of their safety during the weekend's National Convention of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The force has tightened security ahead of the event scheduled for Saturday in the capital amid concerns of infighting within the ruling party and tensions between it and other political organisations.

Abubakar said police would provide "water-tight" security during the event.

Police Public Relations Officer Frank Mba said the IGP had issued an operational order directing the commissioner of police, Femi Ogunbayode, to ensure a tactical and well-coordinated deployment of personnel and other operational equipment in order to provide a safe and conducive atmosphere for the convention.

Mba added that IGP directed the deployment of personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter-Terrorist Unit (CTU), Anti-Bomb Squad and the Police Air Wing for aerial patrol.

Mba said personnel of the Canine section and special operatives of the FIB are to be deployed for the operation.

“The Assistant Inspector General: Zone 7 has been directed to personally take charge of the entire operation, to guarantee a seamless command and control of the exercise,” Mba said.

Meanwhile, motorists have been informed that all routes leading to Eagle Square, venue of the Convention will be barricaded and traffic diverted with effect from early Friday evening.

In view of this, all commuters, motorists and the general public have been advised to utilise alternate routes.

"The IGP advises persons, who are not part of the convention, should in the interest of public safety avoid the venue of the convention as police operatives have been instructed to restrain all intruders or trespassers, irrespective of status or placement," Mba said.

"He strongly solicits the understanding and cooperation of the general public in assisting the police and other security agencies in ensuring a peaceful, safe and secure convention, as part of conscious efforts by all citizens to nurture our democracy and national growth."

The convention is arguably PDP's biggest event ahead of the 2015 general election when it aims to retain its stranglehold on power.

- CAJ News


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