- The police have given reason for the heavy presence of officers at APC's national secretariat
- The police spokesman, Frank Mba, explained that officers were there to avoid violence
- Mba said that personnel at the office have no reason to worry as there is no cause for alarm
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The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has explained why it sealed off the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Tuesday, June 23.
The NPF's public relations officer, DCP Frank Mba, told journalists that officers were deployed to the party's office to avoid a breakdown of law and order by some rival factions, The Nation reports.
Mba made it clear that the presence of policemen is not a barrier to normal and official activities at the ruling party's secretariat.
He said: "Members of the APC as well staff of the secretariat are therefore at liberty to conduct their legitimate businesses, in and around the secretariat as always.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had ordered policemen to seal off the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
The police boss gave the order on Tuesday, June 23, ahead of his meeting with two opposing camps of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) at the force headquarters by 1pm.
Sources said the IGP’s order was handed down through the FCT commissioner of police to the APC chief security officer.
The order reportedly stipulated that members of the NWC were not allowed entrance to the party headquarters.
A party source who did not want to be named said the secretariat was sealed to enable the police boss and the two NWC groups to review and discuss the various court orders being brandished by the competing groups within the party.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a civil society organisation, Centre for Public Trust (CPT), had lamented that the current crisis in the APC was a handiwork of organised centrifugal forces who are interested in capturing the presidency in 2023.
This was contained in a statement issued by the acting senior program officer of the group, Mr Simon Pam, titled: APC Crisis: The Hand of Esau and the Voice of Jacob.
The non-profit group expressed fear at the turn of events in the APC and predicted that the crisis in Edo state might lead to needless bloodshed during the forthcoming elections.
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