The Nigeria Police Force has deployed Five Thousand (5000) Police Personnel to ensure a secured and hitch-free convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC) National Convention, scheduled to hold on 23rd June 2018, at Eagle Square, Abuja.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, who gave the directive noted that the 5000 personnel comprises of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Special Protection Unit (SPU), the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), the Police Mounted Troop, The Dog Section (K9), the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID).
According to the Police Public Relation Officer, Acting Deputy Commissioner Jimoh Moshood, “The Police Air-wing and the Force Armament Unit have been deployed under the supervision of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations.”
Mr. Moshood emphasised that additional “two (2) Police Helicopters, Six (6) Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) are already deployed for the security of the convention. Personnel of other security and safety agencies are also being deployed to complement the Nigeria Police Force in ensuring adequate security and a hitch-free convention.”
He added that “Only accredited delegates accredited party officials bearing the APC clearance/identification tags will be allowed into the venue. Personnel of all Security and Safety agencies deployed for the security of the convention must also wear the certified identification tag conspicuously at the venue. Only one (1) aide will be allowed to follow their principals into the venue of the convention.”
The Nigeria Police Force however cautioned unauthorised individual(s) and group(s) who have no business with the convention to steer clear of the venue.
“The full weight of the law will be applied on any person or group of persons who tries to disrupt the orderliness and conduct of the convention”.
Mr Moshood added that “the Personnel deployed are under strict instruction to be civil, polite but strict and firm in the discharge of their duties during the convention”.
He also explained that there will be diversion of traffic from all the routes to the Eagle Square from Ahmadu Bello Way, Shehu Shagari Way and other Roads leading to the venue of the convention. “Road users and other members of the Public are advised to use alternative routes. The diversion of traffic will take effect from 2200Hrs of 22nd of June, 2018 till the end of the convention”.
The Police Force advised the public to call any of the following numbers for complaint or observation on security issues 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 .