Nigerian Police Force on Wednesday gave the reason why the Venue Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention was sealed in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police, Donald Amunah defended the sealing of the venue.
He explained that the police got conflicting orders and as a neutral body they have to take charge.
He also added that a court order was given to the Inspector General of Police in Abuja.
“The situation is that we have conflicting orders, the IG has been served a court order in Abuja, so we have to obey the court order.
“If this court order has to be obeyed, what do we do about the venue?
“We take control of the venue to avoid two worrying parties conflicting, to protect lives and properties in the state” he added.
The Police PRO spoke as a guest on Sunrise Daily.
He further explained that since there are two conflicting court orders, as a force they have to take charge of the venue to avoid conflicts, protect lives and properties.
He emphasized the force had to be proactive to ensure that lives and properties are secured and later the issues can be sorted out by the court.
Elombah.com had earlier reported that the venue for the PDP National Convention – Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State – was sealed off by government security agencies.
According to our sources on ground, heavily armed operatives of the Nigerian police had cordoned of the premises without warning.
However, on alternative switch, PDP stalwarts summoned an emergency meeting at the government house, Port Harcourt for deliberations.
Preparation for the PDP scheduled Repeat National Convention was already underway with the screening of all the aspirants contesting various positions until it was cut short by the police.
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