Presidential inauguration: Security agencies watching for saboteurs – IG

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Abuja, May 15, 2023 – Usman Baba, the Inspector-General of Police, says security agencies are on the watch-out for political saboteurs bent on disrupting the inauguration of Bola Tinubu on May 29.

Baba said this on Monday at a press conference in Abuja.

He said the watch-out was being undertaken by the police in collaboration with other security agencies, particularly intelligence officials.

Baba said that the development became imperative to tame subversive elements who had been trying to destabilise the peaceful environment being enjoyed in the country.

“Following the successful conclusion of the 2023 General elections, it has been observed that some major political actors that the outcome did not favour, have been issuing public threats that are directed at instigating actions to frustrate the Presidential inauguration ceremony on 29th May, 2023.

“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 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.

Baba said that the security agencies would no longer tolerate any utterance capable of throwing the country into a turmoil, adding that any political actor who did not heed to the warning would be made to face the wrath of law.

 “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 on-going 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 engages 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.” (GBN)

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