Police foil prayer rally for Sule Lamido’s presidential ambition

Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu

Hundreds of supporters of former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, and other residents were prevented from holding a special prayer session for his success at the presidential polls in 2019.

Mr Lamido is one of the persons who has declared his presidential ambition on the platform of the opposition party, PDP.

The prayer session was scheduled to hold on Thursday at Eid ground, Dutse, the state capital, but the crowd were prevented after security personnel were deployed to restrict movement of persons into the venue.

The convener, Umar Danjani, who was to lead the prayer told journalists on Thursday that the prayer was organised by “groups of students on foreign scholarship who were sponsored by the Lamido administration.”

He said the event was also to pray for peace and stability across the country.

“The security forces are doing their best but it seems that the situation is worsening day by day, as a result, Nigerians need to turn to God for divine intervention,” he said.

The convener, reacting to the siege by the security operatives, called on the police to imbibe the international standards on policing meant to safeguard the fundamental rights of all citizens not the interest of a few.

Mr Danjani vowed that despite police interference, they will reschedule the prayer session to another time.

“The police invited me and I spent hours explaining to them our intentions for holding the prayer, they (police) suggested a venue for us which we all agreed. Unfortunately, later they called me and said we have to cancel the event citing an order from the above,” Mr Danjani said.

“We even suggested to use the premises of the police headquarters for the prayers for maximum security, but later agreed for another venue different from the police premises,” he added.

The session was billed to host all former commissioners and personal assistants that served under Mr Lamido’s administration.

Audu Jinjiri, the spokesperson of the Jigawa Police command, said he is yet to be briefed on the matter.

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