This Day (Lagos)

22 April 2011

Nigeria: Bomb Blast - Police Abort Buhari's Trip to Suleja

Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Niger state has accused the Nigerian Police of refusing its presidential candidate, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), entry into Suleja to commiserate with families of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) bomb blast victims.

State Chairman of the CPC, Umar Shuaibu, who made this known to journalists in Minna Thursday said the Police barricaded all the roads leading into Suleja from Abuja preventing the Presidential candidate entry into the town.

"The Police blocked every entrance from Abuja into Suleja to prevent our Presidential candidate from entering Suleja to commiserate with victims of the bomb blast," he alleged.

Shuaibu added that the party had earlier written to the police to provide security for the Presidential candidate and they were not told that they could not be provided security until the Party chairman and other chieftains had gone to Madala to receive him.

"We had earlier written to the police and so we were in constant touch with the police and our presidential candidate and we had to put off the visit when the police told us he could not be allowed into the state".

When THISDAY contacted the state Police Public relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Richard Oguche, he confirmed that the police refused Buhari entry into the state for security reasons . adding that it was also for the safety of the presidential candidate.

"We refused the Presidential candidate entry into the state as a result of the post election violence that had erupted of which the

security of such a personality could not be guaranteed as such, when the CPC wrote us to provide security coverage, we had to write back that for now, he can not visit suleja until tension in the state dies down".

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