The police has released security details for the PDP convention.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar, on Thursday warned all persons not part of the forthcoming Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP’s, national convention to stay away from the venue. He also said major routes in the Nigerian capital would be barricaded for the convention.
The police chief’s warning was made known in a statement released by the Force Public Relations officer, Frank Mba.
“It is the further advice of the IGP that 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,” the statement said.
Mr. Abubakar assured Nigerians, including participants of the convention, residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and the general public, that the Nigeria Police Force would provide a water-tight security during the convention scheduled for August 31 at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Also in the statement, motorists were informed that all routes leading to Eagle Square would be barricaded and traffic diverted with effect from 4.00 p.m. on Friday, August 30 on the following routes:
i) Ahmed Bello Way Fly-over,
ii) Benue Plaza Road,
iii) Ministry of Finance junction,
iv) Bullet Junction,
v) Bayelsa House junction and
vi) Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fly-over.
All road users were strongly advised to utilise alternative routes during the duration of the convention as the affected routes would be
re-opened after the convention.
The police boss further issued an Operational Order directing the Commissioner of Police, FCT command, 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.
He also 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. The Assistant Inspector General, AIG, Zone 7 was directed to personally take charge of the entire operation, to guarantee a seamless command and control of the exercise.
Mr. Abubakar also solicited 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.”
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