May 29: Police Launches Manhunt For Politicians Plotting To Disrupt Inauguration

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The Nigeria Police Force has initiated a nationwide manhunt for politicians who are allegedly orchestrating a plan to sabotage the upcoming May 29 inauguration of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima.

May 29: Police Launches Manhunt For Politicians Plotting To Disrupt Inauguration
IGP Usman Baba

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, made this announcement during a press briefing held at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

Baba emphasized that the operation was being conducted in close collaboration with other security agencies, particularly intelligence officials. The aim of the operation is to apprehend those individuals who pose a threat to the peaceful environment currently being enjoyed in the country.

In his statement, Baba stressed the significance of neutralizing subversive elements who have been attempting to destabilize the nation. He addressed the issue of certain political actors who, dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2023 General elections, have resorted to issuing public threats with the intention of disrupting the Presidential inauguration ceremony.

“The Nigeria Police and the national intelligence community have been closely monitoring the activities of these political elites as well as other elements who have formed themselves into unpatriotic brands whose only fantasy, in recent times, is to subvert our national security interests.

“In so doing, they seem to be bent on deploying extra-judicial and undemocratic means to truncate our democratic heritage in the advancement of their narrow personal political considerations.

“The beauty of democracy lies not just in the freedom of the citizens to freely exercise their franchise within the electoral cycle. It is also hinged on the right of aggrieved political actors to submit grievances on the electoral outcome to the judicial process for consideration,” the police chief said.

He noted that the security agencies would no longer tolerate any utterance capable of throwing the country into turmoil, adding that any political actor who does not heed the warning will be made to face the wrath of the law.

The police chief added, “Ladies and gentlemen, the imperative of peace in our national life cannot be over-emphasized. Sustenance of peace and security is even more expedient at this stage in our national democratic transition.

“Consequently, while the Nigeria Police, in synergy with other security agencies and the intelligence community, continues to closely monitor the activities of these political elements, it has become expedient to make some clear statements.

“Firstly, the Nigeria Police hereby sternly warns all political actors with subversive agenda and their collaborators, particularly, their foot soldiers who they are exposing to political radicalization and extremism to, henceforth, jettison their ongoing premeditated attempts to create tension within the national space with intention of derailing the 29th May 2023 Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.

“Secondly, any such persons, regardless of their political affiliations who continuously engage in acts that are inimical to our nation’s democratic and security interests should not be in doubt on the firm determination of the Nigeria Police;

“… under my watch to closely collaborate with the law enforcement family and the intelligence community to defend our democracy, keep the internal security order stable and optimally deploy our common unique assets towards guaranteeing the successful conduct of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.”

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