Breaking: Police stop PDP convention, seal venue

imageApparently in obeisance to Tuesday’s interlocutory order of a Federal high court sitting in Abuja which stopped the national convention of the People Democratic Party (PDP) slated for today, the Nigeria Police has sealed off the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt, the venue of the convention.

The police said the decision was taken following fears that members of the two factions of the PDP might take laws into their hands and put lives and property in jeopardy.

It was learnt that policemen stormed the venue of the convention around 4am on Wednesday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Donald Awunah, confirmed the sealing off of the venue during a programme on Channels Television titled, ‘Sunrise Daily’.

He denied insinuation that police took sides in the matter.

Awunah explained that the primary responsibility of the police was to protect life and prevent crisis.

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He added that due to the tension surrounding the convention and the conflicting court rulings, the police thought it best to seal off the venue.

He said, “The warring parties need to follow due process to end their crisis through the courts and as a law enforcement agency what do you do? You ensure that there is a superior court order. It is not about taking sides.

“If in the next one hour or two, we get another court order, we will take action. We are there for every Nigerian but when you are the first responder, you have to take action, you have to be proactive.”