Policemen yesterday stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja.
The Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator John Akpanudoedehe said the policemen were invited to protect lives and property, based on a security report.
As early as 9 am 10 Hilux Pickup patrol vans fully loaded with policemen were strategically positioned along Blantyre Street where the party secretariat is located.
Four police vans were positioned around the main gate to the secretariat, while six others were stationed at the three major entrance to the street, while another set of six non-branded vehicles were on surveillance in the environs.
The car park outside the secretariat was condoned off. Nobody was allowed to park cars outside the secretariat. But, party employees, reporters and visitors were allowed entrance into the secretariat, while members of the public went about their business unmolested.
Senator Akpanudoedehe said policemen were there at the instance of the party.
He maintained that the party took a proactive measure, following an undisclosed security report. According to the secretary, police were invited to strengthen the leadership of Gov. Mai Mala Buni and to protect lives and property.
“The police is here to strengthen the leadership Governor of Buni, the caretaker chairman of the APC. What do I mean by that? Whenever you read a security situation, Whenever we are privy to a security report, it is incumbent on our part to strengthen Secretariat so that we can protect the lives and property of APC members.
“APC cannot be embarrassed because this is a national government, therefore we take measures to restore any happenings, we cannot underestimate security report. We cannot play down on it. We have a security report, we can’t take laws into our hands, you can’t expect us to call thugs to defend the national secretariat. The right thing to do is to inform the police and the SSS that they may know what has happened.
“We are going to take more measures. Another measure we want to take is that if you don’t have your face mask, because of the delta variant. You will not be able to come to the National Secretariat. That doesn’t mean that the air force has taken over the Secretariat because of the extension of covid 19. So that is what it is. Is a measure to protect the property and lives.
“If you have a protest and now you a media man you may be killed or brutalized. It will be big news that somebody has been short at the National Secretariat. It is our responsibility as managers of this party to put measures to protect you, your lives, and your property.
Akpanudoedehe added: “No one should take anything for granted as little as rumor we must have to put everything in place, even the one that is not verifiable, a just rumor we must put it in place because we cannot be embarrassed.
“ I am privileged to have been the Minister of FCT, I am privileged to have been a local government chairman, I am privileged to have sat on the federal executive council and I have been privileged to have sat as member security and intelligence committee of the Senate. So what we consider to be a threat is not what we consider to be a threat. A mere word that you passed by we would heighten it because we don’t want to be embarrassed.”
When asked if there is opposition to the chairman, following the Supreme Court judgment may have to necessitate the invitation of police?
The Secretary dismissed the insinuation, claiming that the position of the party chairman was not under any threat. “How can the chairman position be threatened? No his position is not to threaten don’t carry rumors. Read the judgment of the Supreme Court. The chairman is as firm as ever,” the Secretary insisted.