Abuja not Shutdown For PDP convention as Police was to divert traffic on Thursday - My observation

I had read this news and prepared to go through the hassles associated with blocking the Eagle Saqure route whenever, there is an event. But I drove freely through and I wondered if the PDP convention earlier scheduled won't hold? 
Well, read the details when you continue... 


"The Federal Capital Territory is on high alert as the Peoples Democratic Party's (PDP) holds its Special Convention to fill vacant positions in the party's National Working Commission, (NWC).
Also, the Nigeria Police Force is to barricade all routes leading to Eagle Square, venue of the convention as well divert traffic on some routes with effect from 4.00pm Thursday.
A press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar, has assured that the force would provide water-tight security for the convention scheduled for August 31, 2013.
According to him, "The IGP has issued an operational order directing the Commissioner of Police (CP) for the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), Mr. Femi Ogunbayode to ensure a tactical and well coordinated deployment of personnel and other operational equipment in order to provide a safe and conducive atmosphere for the convention.

"He has equally, directed the deployment of personnel of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter-Terrorist Unit (CTU), Anti-Bomb Squad and the Police Air Wing for aerial patrol.
In addition, personnel of the canine section and special operatives of the FIB are to be deployed for the operation. "The AIG Zone 7 has been directed to personally take charge of the entire operation, to guarantee a seamless command and control of the exercise."
The IGP, the FPRO said, "Solicits the understanding and cooperation of the general public in assisting the Police and other security agencies in ensuring a peaceful, safe and secure convention, as part of conscious efforts by all citizens to nurture our democracy and national growth."

Mba further stated that traffic would be diverted on the Ahmed Bello Way Fly-over; Benue Plaza Road; Ministry of Finance junction; Bullet junction; Bayelsa House junction the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fly-over routes, even as he urged commuters, motorists and the general public to utilize alternate routes, during the duration of the Convention.
Affected routes, the spokesperson said, would be re-opened to traffic and the public as soon as the convention activities are over, just as he advised persons who are not part of the convention to avoid the venue of the Convention, as Police operatives have been instructed to restrain all intruders or trespassers, irrespective of status or placement.





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