The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has warned all the parties in the ongoing crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as well as their loyalists to desist from any act capable of threatening public order in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, or any other part of the country, as the Police shall deal, firmly and decisively with such persons or group in line with their legal obligations.
In a press release by the Force Public Relations Officer Olabisi Kolawole, the police said it was aware that following the on-going intra-party leadership crisis in the PDP, some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Party planned to engage thugs from across the country to threaten public peace and security in Abuja.
Their plan, according to the police, is to infiltrate Abuja and attack the National Headquarters of the Peoples’ Democratic Party with intent to forcefully occupy the facility.
The statement said credible Police sources confirm that these aggrieved PDP members planned to mobilise with effect from Monday 23rd May 2016 and then march through major streets in Abuja before proceeding to the PDP Secretariat to carry out their attack.
The Inspector-General of Police has therefore directed the deployment of Police assets to secure the PDP Secretariat and protect the staff until the threat is contained.
The force PRO stressed that the police action was a proactive initiative in keeping with the statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police to prevent breakdown of law and order and protect lives and property.