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  •   Threaten public peace in FCT and be firmly dealt with – IGP Arase
 The Police have warned supporters of factional leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to desist from any act that will lead to breakdown of law and order in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, or any part of the country. The Police disclosed intelligence discovery of plots to recruit thugs by party leaders to invade Abuja this week.
Accordingly, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has directed the deployment of Police assets to secure the PDP Secretariat and protect the staff until the threat to internal security that is being occasioned by the intra-party crisis within the PDP is stabilised.
ACP Olabisi Kolawole, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, in a statement, explained that the Police action is a proactive initiative which is being emplaced in furtherance to the statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police to prevent breakdown in law and order and protect lives and property.
Subsequently, the Inspector General of Police warns all party leaders and associates in the crisis, as well as their loyalists, to refrain from any act that may threaten public order as the Police shall deal promptly, firmly and decisively with such persons or group in line with their legal obligations.
Kolawole, revealed that the Intelligence at the disposal of the Force Headquarters indicates that some aggrieved factional leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to recruit thugs from across the country to join them in threatening public peace and security in Abuja. The Police remarked that this is sequel to the on-going intra-party leadership crisis in the party and further fallout of the recent political engagements of the Party.
The plan of the brains behind this development is to infiltrate Abuja and attack the National Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party with intent to forcefully occupy the facility, the Police said. Towards perfecting this criminality, credible Police sources confirm that the actors will mobilise into Abuja with effect from Monday 23rd May 2016 and they intend to march through major streets in Abuja before proceeding to the PDP Secretariat to manifest their intention.

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