The Police in Ebonyi State on Saturday dispersed supporters of the OBI-dient movement who gathered at the Pastoral Centre, Abakaliki for the one-million-march for the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
A viral video saw men of the Nigeria Police Force teargas Obi’s supporters, who numbered over 1,000.
The incident caused both human and vehicular traffic on the popular Old Enugu Road; in the capital city, on Saturday morning.
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Dave Umahi is a wolf in sheep clothing, a monster!
You’ll answer to the people!
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One of the supporters, Steve Ugama, said that aside from dispersing and tear-gassing the supporters; about five of his colleagues have been arrested by the police.
He said, “This is inhumane and undemocratic. We gathered here this morning for our peaceful March. All of a sudden, the police came and started tear-gassing us and arresting our people.
“They said we can’t hold the march, because Governor David Umahi asked them to stop us. That we can’t hold it. About four of our colleagues have been arrested. We need help here.”
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Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Friday would be embarking on a trip to Europe.
At the conclusion of his European trip, the former Vice President will also visit his family in Dubai; a statement by Paul Ibe, his media adviser said.
The trip comes about three weeks after Abubakar met with Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, in London.
According to Ibe, the trip is a continuation of an earlier business trip three weeks ago.
“He will be travelling immediately after his meeting on Friday in Lagos, with the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) alongside the PDP vice presidential candidate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta,” the statement reads.