The police on Wednesday tear-gassed and dispersed supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who gathered for the north-west zone campaign rally in Gumel town.
It was gathered policemen fired canisters of teargas at the crowd that has started assembling for the rally, dispersing thousands of the supporters.
The angry crowd started chanting anti- APC and anti- Buhari songs declaring “change is imminent”; “we must change them”.
The state PDP deputy chairman, Alhaji Babandi Ibrahim, told reporters the party’s leadership was shocked to realize operative of the police have barricaded the venue.
“We have officially sought for permission to hold our north-west zonal rally today in Gumel only for us to see hundreds of policemen stopping us from our constitutional rights.
“It is the same constitution that gave the police commissioner his powers that also gave us our right for this process and nothing can stop us,” he stated.
Ibrahim vowed the PDP chapter will sue the Commissioner of Police for disrupting the rally.
But when contacted, Jigawa Police Commissioner, Mr. Bala Zama Senchi, dismissed allegations levelled against him.
He also denied the command’s action was influenced by the government and ruling party.
The Police boss said the action was based on security consideration, especially public peace.
According to him: “We didn’t stop them. We asked them to change the venue of the rally as it is a market place or change the day because it corresponds with the market day.
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