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NIGERIA: Police Beef Up Security as Jonathan, Buhari Visit Ekiti

 The Ekiti State Police Command has warned residents against unruly behaviour and acts that could threaten security as President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress  (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, visit  the state  this week for their presidential campaigns.

The statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor Babayemi, said  the police have tightened security in view of the scheduled visit of the President, and General Buhari to Ekiti for their campaign in the state on Tuesday January 13, and Wednesday January 14 respectively.

In a statement by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, on Sunday, the police gave notice that some roads in the state would be closed during the two days, and begged road users for understanding.

“The state command has put in place comprehensive security arrangements, in partnership with sister security agencies to ensure that the visits are successful and hitch-free.

“There will be diversion of traffic at the following places; Little by Little Junction, Ijigbo Roundabout, Atikankan Area, Oke Ese/Okesa/Ereguru Roundabout, Okeyinmi/First Bank Roundabout, Post Office Roundabout and Dallimore Junction. Road users are therefore enjoined to make use of alternative routes between 6a.m. and 6p.m. on these days.”

The APC in Ekiti State has said it had uncovered a plot by a particular political party  to disrupt the campaign rally for its presidential candidate, General Buhari, slated for Wednesday, January 14 in Ado-Ekiti.

In a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party said it had incontrovertible evidence that a certain political party  had mapped out plans to unleash terror on APC members and supporters by using fake soldiers imported from neighbouring countries to be mixed with local miscreants to cause mayhem.

“The local miscreants are to help identify APC and their supporters to be attacked at checkpoints and so prevent them from entering the state. The Plan B is to deck PDP thugs in APC uniforms to shoot APC members coming to the rally as PDP did in Rivers State,” Olatubosun explained.

“The party said Governor Ayodele Fayose’s utterances in Lagos last week had confirmed the dastardly plan, stressing that as the arrowhead of PDP’s rigging machine, his boast that President  Jonathan would win like he won the June 21 governorship election pointed to the same pattern of his boast before that controversial election,” Olatubosun said.

Also, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, has called on politicians canvassing for elective posts to discuss ideas and policies that will enhance the growth and development of the country.

The bishop also dissociated himself from an online report published on Friday, January 9,  and called for the arrest and prosecution of Buhari  for making unguarded statements.

The bishop said he was not aware of the online report until he started receiving calls from concerned people.

He said: “A news story was published in 2012 by ‘Punch’ and some newspapers on my comment on the alleged statement by Buhari after the 2011 general election in Nigeria. It is the story the dirty people are now manipulating as an interview I just granted in 2015.”

He described the online story as a practical example of “politics of desperation and manipulation,” describing those behind the story as dirty and agents of “division and darkness.

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