Police Command in Borno debunked the rumoured attack on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at a rally in Maiduguri. It was reported earlier that the Spokesman of the Abubakar presidential campaign council, Mr Dino Melaye, had said that at least 74 persons were hospitalised while several vehicles were vandalised as hoodlums attacked Abubakar’s motorcade in Maiduguri.
But the Police spokesman, ASP Kamilu Shatambaya, stated that the allegation was baseless and had no truth in it while describing the attack as mischievous,fake, a hoax and an attempt by some unguided people to incite disturbances and disrupt peaceful coexistence of people of the state adding that no one reported any case of attack to any police station within Maiduguri and Jere
Although,one Danladi Abbas 32,was arrested on Airport Road, Maiduguri, for throwing stones at the motorcade of the presidential candidate.“Abbas and other hoodlums attempted to disrupt the motorcade, but they were chased and luckily one of them was arrested and taken away for questioning,’’ he said.
He explained further that the rally was conducted successfully under tight and adequate security coverage.“The candidate was accompanied to the Shehu of Borno’s palace after which he was accompanied to the Ramat Square where he addressed his supporters.The Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdu Umar, was also at the venue to ensure that everything went on successfully”