The Borno State Police Command has dismissed reports of an attack on the convoy of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the North-East state.
The police command described the attack as a fake attempt to confuse Nigerians.
The claim was made on Wednesday by PDP chieftain and member of the party’s presidential council, Dino Melaye.
Melaye said Atiku’s convoy was attacked when he was disembarking the venue of the rally in Borno State on Wednesday, November 9, adding that “over 100 vehicles were allegedly vandalised by hoodlums from different political parties and about 74 persons hospitalised.”
Reacting to this, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sani Shatambaya said;
“The news of the attack on Atiku Abubakar’s convoy was not only fake but a false and mischievous attempt at confusing Nigerians.
“There was no attack on Atiku’s convoy.”
The police however paraded one Danladi Musa Abbas, 32, for “attempting to disrupt the escort of the presidential candidate on the way to the airport.”
Shatambaya said the suspect was nabbed with a stone and upon “sighting the police, he ran into a church where he was arrested.”
The police spokesperson added that the command is hunting for his other accomplices.