Supporters of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu the All Progressive Congress, APC, presidential flagbearer and his running mate, Kashim Shettima are stranded as Police takeover the campaign venue of the APC banner man in Niger State.
The gates of New Bussa Township Stadium in Borgu Local Government Area of Niger, which was already fully rehabilitated and decorated in readiness for the event billed to commence by 11.00am, were locked and barricaded by police operatives.
TheNation reports that two pickup trucks manned by heavily armed Mobile Policemen stationed at the gate of the stadium while regular policemen locked the gates and prevented supporters from gaining entrance.
However, the police, who refused to speak on record, said the order to barricade the New Bussa Stadium came from unnamed higher authorities.
Three pickup vans mounted with guns and filled with heavily armed men of the Nigerian Army were seen patrolling around the stadium.
Speaking on the development, Niger Police spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the security cordon was to prevent a “breach of security” following credible intelligence at its disposal.
According to him: “The Police had to take over the venue of the planned rally, as a proactive measure due to intelligence received of likely breach of security at the venue.
“Hence, we have to do the needful to avert any possible attack or hijack by suspected miscreants to cause mayhem and breach of peace in the community.
“The Command will not fold its arms and allow act of political violence, avoidable loss of life, destruction of properties and lawlessness.”