- A former inspector-general of police Suleiman Abba says there were attempts to stop the announcement of 2015 presidential result
- He said security agencies heard about something being planned to stop the results of 2015
- Abba disclosed that the people who were planning to district the election result announcement wanted the police to help them
Suleiman Abba, former inspector-general of police says the police under him saved the outcome of 2015 general elections and consequently made it from turning into another June 12.
Speaking with Daily Trust, the former inspector general of police said security agencies heard about something being planned to stop the results of 2015 from being announced.
"Yes, the police was in the picture. And thank God the police were in the picture because it did what was expected of it. It disrupted the efforts.
"Let’s talk about the one you saw because there were other efforts the police under my leadership halted. If I may put it in a general form, the police in 2015 stopped another June 12 from happening. What you say was a clear indication that there were deliberate efforts to disrupt the results and, perhaps, bring about chaos that only God knows where it would have led us to.
"My happiness is that we were able to stop it from happening. Coming to your question, as to whether the police had prior information; yes the police had and we didn’t share it with anyone. This is because the police had reached a stage where, with information and efforts to disrupt the election, we were able to halt it.
"There was no need for me to trust anyone again. It is true I had prior information about what you saw that day. And that is because one of us who participated in the meeting where the disruption was hatched came and informed me.
"When he informed me, I immediately knew what to do. We already had men on ground, so we blocked all routes leading to the Conference Centre and only allowed those with cause to be there, like observers and party leaders. In any case, they were even there before that scene.
"We reinforced our personnel outside and inside the Interanational Conference Centre, which served in many ways."
Going further, he disclosed that the people who were planning to district the election result announcement wanted the police to help them.
"One of the ways was that the people who were mobilised to come in and demonstrate around the centre could not get access. Secondly, those who were in the conference centre, like the one you saw protesting, had no supporters.
"The people who were to demonstrate were expecting the police to assist them by releasing teargas so that there would be serious chaos in the centre so that they would be able to take away the results that had been brought so far.
"Only God knows what they would have done to the senior officials of the INEC that were administering the collation," he said.
Mean NAIJ.com had reported that the Coalition of Election Observers in Gombe compared the just concluded general election in the country with the polls held in 2011.
Victor Lema, the coalition's spokesman, made their position known on April 13, Monday. He was quoted as saying by NAN:
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