As the All Progressives Congress (APC) holds its electioneering rally at the Mushin area of Lagos metropolis, the Lagos State Police Command on Monday mounted heavy security at the crisis-prone place.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that to ensure a peaceful atmosphere, the police cordoned off the Abeokuta Expressway at the Cappa and Olorunsogo ends.
The development ensured that vehicles did not come into Mushin from the Oshodi end of the road, a development that created gridlock as traffic was diverted to alternative routes.
NAN also noticed the presence of armed policemen who were combat-ready to avert any violence from miscreants that could disrupt the rally.
There was the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS) with their Armoured vehicles at rally venue.
The situation kept the so called “Area Boys’’ in check as they were seen falling in line with instructions by the policemen on how to go about at the rally.
Speaking with NAN, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said the police had always been prepared to nip violence in the bud.
“We are prepared like we used to be at every other rally, our men are on ground and we have lectured them on what to do.“Security is not one man’s business, so, we are ready for anyone that wants to disrupt the rally,’’ Nwosu said.
He added that when people conduct themselves well, they also help the security situation.
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the APC Gubernatorial candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, were seen distributing APC crested T shirts to the crowd.