The Borno State Police Command has debunked reports that the convoy of Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was attacked in Borno.
The state Commissioner of Police, Abdu Umar, who debunked the reports, said he was present at the rally and the former vice president was not attacked.
Premium Politics reports that Atiku addressed a massive crowd of PDP supporters at Ramat Square in Maiduguri on Wednesday.
Before the campaign rally, Atiku and his entourage had earlier visited the Shehu of Borno. After his campaign rally, there were several reports online that his (Atiku’s) convoy was attacked.
But debunking the rumour, Umar, in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Sani Muhammed, described the reports as fake.
The statement read, “The command wish to state authoritatively that the news is not only FAKE but also FALSE and mischievous attempt by some unguided people to incite disturbance and distract the peace of Borno people and Nigeria at large.
“The campaign/rally was conducted successfully, as tight/adequate security coverage were emplaced throughout the activities. the candidate and his party were accompanied to the Shehu’s Palace by the Police to pay a courtesy call to Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-kanemi, after which they were escorted until they departed the town.
“It is worth noting that one person named Danladi Musa Abbas 32 years old who attempted to disrupt the convoys along the airport road was arrested by the Police inside a church after a hot chest in an attempt to escape. he is under the command custody with a stone which is an exhibit.
“The commissioner of Police CP ABDU UMAR MNIM psc fdc, is therefore calling the attention of the general public to avoid spreading rumors and fake news that may disrupt the peaceful coexistence and incite disturbance, particularly as the election is so forthcoming.
“Finally, the command is at top gear to ensure that Borno state is free from any conflict, before, during and even after the election.”