Tight security in Abuja as APC presidential primary begins, police divert traffic around site


By Molly Kilete, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command announced the diversion of traffic at strategic locations in parts of the city to ensure a crisis-free All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary election, scheduled for from Monday.

Police also said they had restructured their security architecture to ensure law and order during the occasion. He said the deployment would witness strong police visibility at various traffic checkpoints to facilitate smooth traffic flow, stop and search, and vehicle and foot patrol, among others.

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FCT Police Command Public Relations Officer Josephine Adeh said in a statement:

“The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential primary election is scheduled to be held Monday, June 6 through Tuesday, June 7, 2022, at Eagle’s Square. The event is often associated with a large influx of people of various calibers, especially politicians, thus requiring an argument of the operational security architecture of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)

“In view of the above, to effectively monitor the territory in the envisaged period and beyond, a comprehensive security deployment has been carried out. Among the features of this security arrangement are the establishment of traffic diversions at strategic locations around the event grounds as follows:

1. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by a point from the Court of Appeal
2. Behind the Court of Appeal
3. ECOWAS through women’s affairs
4. Finance
5. Behind Foreign Affairs
6. Kur Mohammed near the National Mosque
7. Benue Square
8. Nitel Junction
9. Phase 3
10. NNPC Tower
11. Ceddi Plaza Bridge
12. Gana by Transcorp
13. DSS Headquarters
14. Phase 1
15. NASS Junction
16. Ball
17. Bayelsa House.

“The deployment is also characterized by strong police visibility, as evidenced by the various traffic checkpoints to facilitate smooth traffic flow, stop and search, and vehicular and foot patrol, among others.

“Police Commissioner CP Babaji Sunday Psc. while registering the Command’s unwavering commitment to maintaining the relative peace and tranquility enjoyed and an impetus in the forward march against crime and criminality in the Territory, urged everyone to avoid all forms of violence in the period in view and beyond.

“In addition to the above, members of the public are encouraged to remain vigilant, to strengthen the partnership with the police in the return of timely and actionable intelligence, to report any suspicious or abnormal events to the police via the lines following emergency numbers: 08032003913, 08061581938. , 07057337653 and 08028940883, while the Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) office can be reached on: 0902 222 2352.”

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