The Oasis Reporters
January 19, 2019
By Moses Gbande
Hopes that the Presidential Campaign Rally of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Presidential Candidate, Muhammadu Buhari in Jos would pass off peacefully turned to a mirage on Saturday as it was marred by an uncontrollable group of hoodlums.
The Presidential rally became disorganized even before the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari, when the Master Of Ceremony and Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, Sir Joseph Ari, climbed the podium and warned the security agencies against pushing the youths.
Our correspondent reports that immediately the announcement was made, there was a heavy stampede leading to the pulling down of the presidential podium.
Many Journalists became scared of the reaction and ran out of the stadium, even those that were transmitting the event, live could no longer find it easy to control the Cameras.
On arrival at the stadium, the environment became more confused to the extent that the event was cut short, as dignitaries were not even able to address the public.
The president was smuggled out of the stadium using exit routes behind the stadium.
Those who reacted to the development said it was a shameful outing what so far, describing it as wasted resources and energy as the president saw a half full crowd, but was not able to talk to them.
Police had earlier announced that in other to ensure a hitch-free visit for President Muhammadu Buhari to Plateau State the Police had provided a water-tight security in order to achieve a successful and peaceful event.
DSP Tyopev Matthias Terna, Police Public Relations Officer, Plateau State Command, said the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, CP Austin I. Agbonlahor fdc, psc in his wisdom has deployed two thousand and fifty (2050) Police officers and men to carry out this noble and important assignment.
“One hundred and thirty two (132)officers, four hundred and thirty nine (439) Inspectors, one thousand four hundred and twelve (1412) Rank and File and sixty seven (67) Traffic Wardens making the sum total above”.