By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
As a proactive measure against the breakdown of law and order in Ilorin, Kwara state on Monday, Nigeria Police stormed the state’s stadium complex to disperse athletes on training.
Westernpost correspondent gathered that sporting activities at the stadium complex, located in the metropolis, were disrupted in the early hours of Monday, as the law enforcement agents, who had arrived at the stadium for training, were turned back by the Police.
It was also gathered that many of the athletes, who were stranded in and around the stadium gate at the popular Taiwo Ibrahim road, questioned why sportsmen would be denied access to facilities to training.
Investigations revealed that the police were ordered to block the stadium gate upon the speculation that the facility had been picked as meeting point for a purported Revolution rally organised by the former presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 general elections, Omoyele Sowore.
Speaking with the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ajayi Okasanmi, on the development, he said the presence of policemen at the stadium on Monday was a proactive measure put in place by the police command to prevent chaos.
“Kwara state is largely recognized as a state of harmony and Ilorin is reputed to be peaceful. We owe our law-abiding people the duty to sustain that. More so, we had to prevent the planned protest avaunt being hijacked by hoodlums in order not to lead to any dangerous dimension”, he said