The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has disclosed that it will divert traffic ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony slated for Monday, May 29.
The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima will be inaugurated on Monday as the President and Vice President respectively of the country.
Enjoining residents and visitors to remain calm, the command noted that it had deployed both human and material resources across the nooks and crannies of the FCT to ensure a safe and peaceful inauguration.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh, in a statement on Friday, said, “Consequent to the forthcoming 2023 Presidential Inauguration scheduled for May 29, the FCT Police Command has deployed human and material resources across the nooks and crannies of the Federal Capital Territory to ensure a safe and peaceful inauguration.
“The deployment which consists of all intelligence and tactical assets at the command’s disposal, solidified with inter-agency collaboration is borne out of the need to ensure a peaceful atmosphere during the inauguration and to avert any form of threat on the nation’s democratic process.”
Adeh, a Superintendent of Police, further said that the operation would be carried out on the Goodluck Jonathan Expressway by Court of Appeal, Deeper Life Junction, Bond/Total Filling Station, POWA/FCDA Junction, Finance Junction by ECOWAS/Women Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eagle Square ( Phase 1 & Phase 11), Kur Muhammad Way/National Mosque, Abia House, NITEL Junction by Ademola Adetokunbo, Gana Junction/Transcorp, Bayelsa House by Federal High Court, Aso Drive, Ceddi Plaza, NNPC Twin Tower and NNPC/NBS.
Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps has deployed 365 personnel, 40 patrol vehicles, 15 bikes and 10 tow trucks for the inauguration of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, in Abuja.
It said about 155 traffic cones, 15 ambulances, 84 patrolites and a number of reflective tapes were also deployed for the event.
A statement by the corps spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, indicated that the deployment was for the “ease of movement along all routes leading to the venue of the inauguration.”
“He therefore called on road users to comply with restrictions of movement around areas cordoned off by security operatives so as to allow for a seamless inauguration programme,” the statement read.
In a related development, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said it had deployed 3,000 personnel to ensure peace throughout the inauguration period.
The spokesperson for the FCT Command, Comfort Okomanyi, said the Commandant, Dr Peter Maigari, directed the deployment of the officers from various departments, area commands, and units, to cover areas inside, within and around the inauguration venue, as well as the city centre and its borders.
Meanwhile, a pro-democracy group under the aegis of The Natives on Friday cautioned against the planned disruption of May 29 swearing-in of the president-elect, saying Nigeria “is not a Banana Republic”.
The appeal is coming hours after police authorities issued a statement to warn against disrupting activities during the presidential inauguration at the Eagles Square in Abuja.
Force Public Relations Officers, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed that following the intelligence they received, it had become imperative to admonish aggrieved persons to follow due process and the rule of law to seek redress.
As of Friday, a number of gun trucks, armoured personnel carriers and patrol vehicles have also been mounted along major routes in the Federal Capital Territory, including the Giri-Gwagwalada-Kwali-Abaji axis, Zuba-Suleja-Madalla axis, Kubwa-Bwari axis, as well as Nyanya-Mararaba-Keffi axis.
At the popular Eagle Square, venue of Monday’s inauguration, our correspondent observed that the major entry and exit points leading to the FCT were cordoned off while armed security operatives patrolled the area.
Addressing journalists in front of the Appeal Court on Friday, Convener of The Natives, Edward Smart, stated that they would resist any attempt by some anti-democratic elements to run a parallel government or call for interim government.
He said, “We are here at Appeal Court today (Friday) to state categorically that we will not allow the idea of parallel government. In fact, the idea should be dead by now and we warn strongly the proponents of this evil to perish the idea because Nigeria is not a banana republic where law and order does not exist.”
In Anambra State, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, South-East Zone, has held a special Juma’at prayer session for a peaceful transition and successful inauguration of Tinubu.
The prayer session held amid tight security took place on Friday at Ugwuoba, a boundary community between Anambra and Enugu states.
Speaking to journalists, shortly after the prayer session, the leader of the association in the region, Allhaji Gidado Siddiki, urged Tinubu to focus on revamping the economy and security.