PDP CRISIS: We didn’t stop Makarfi’s faction from meeting – Police

The Police on Monday described as false a report claiming that it barred the Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding its meeting.

The police said it got intelligence that both factions planned to hold meeting at the same venue, adding that its personnel stepped in to prevent breakdown of law and order.

The Spokesman of the FCT Police Command, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, stated this in a statement in Abuja.

The statement read: “The attention of the FCT Police Command has been drawn to an online report posted by Breaking Times subscribing that police barred Makarfi faction of PDP from using International Conference Centre (ICC) for meeting.

“The report was misleading, malicious and capable of misinforming members of the public on the statutory roles of the Nigeria Police Force to restore law and order, and guarantee the protection of lives and property throughout the country.

“The story is absolutely a shadowy imagination of the writer and should be disregarded.

“Credible Intelligence at the disposal of the FCT Police Command indicated that the two factions i.e. the Ahmed Makarfi Group and the Ali Modu Sheriff Group scheduled to hold their meetings at the International Conference Centre (ICC) today and this can lead to serious clash and breach of public peace.

“The Command did not close down the International conference Centre nor barred the Makarfi faction of PDP from using the ICC for meeting as alleged in the report but intervened to prevent breakdown of law and order by advising the Management of the ICC not allow any of the group to use the place for any meeting. However, the Command provided visible security for the Ahmed Makarfi Group when they relocated to Ekiti State Government lodge in Asokoro, Abuja, despite not being informed.

“To this end, the FCT Police Command wishes to assure the media of its support and cooperation to ensure law and order, crime free society and credible reportage.”

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