Security personnel abort Tinubu’s mega rally in Niger, cite ‘order from above’

Security personnel abort Tinubu’s mega rally in Niger, cite ‘order from above’

File photo: Tinubu in Kano

A detachment of security operatives Tuesday cordoned off the New Bussa Township Stadium, Borgu local Government Area venue for the APC presidential and governorship mega rally.

The security personnel merely said they were acting on orders from above.

However, APC insiders in the state said it had to do with the crisis rocking the Niger State chapter of the All Progressives Congress

The security personnel comprising the police, soldiers, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Civil Defence Corps and the local vigilante group were deployed to the venue of the planned rally as early 8a.m. for an event slated to hold from 11am to 2pm.

The Army were ferried in two pick-up vans, while the Police men were dispatched from the state headquarters to join their colleagues in New Bussa to ensure that no one gets in into the already prepared venue.

The presence of the security men early in the morning triggered panic in town as nobody, including journalists, were allowed into the venue.

The closure of the stadium came barely 24 hours after the commissioning of the rehabilitated New- Bussa Township Stadium, Borgu, Niger State, by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator  Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) who rehabilitated the said stadium.

A Support Group, Project 774 under the leadership of the senator representing Niger North, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, had planned a “Grand Lockdown Rally” for the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, as well as the governorship candidate, Umar Mohammed Bago and his running mate Comrade Yakubu Garba.