Thursday, 3 April 2014

Security Agents Foil Attempt To Dump Coffins At Moro’s Office

A plan by aggrieved unemployed Nigerian youths to dump nine caskets both at the residential home and office of the embattled minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, was yesterday foiled by a combined team of armed policemen, immigration and civil defence officers.

This is even as about four of the organisers who defied instructions to vacate both premises by stern looking armed men positioned to thwart the exercise as well as protect the minister’s convoy were arrested and taken away to unknown locations at about 4pm. 

LEADERSHIP gathered that the organisers had planned to deposit caskets either at the ministry or at the Garki residence of the minister to register their displeasure at President Jonathan’s refusal to heed to their call to sack Moro

Eye witnesses disclosed that the driver of a pick van who was hired to bring nine empty coffins to the ministry, on perceiving the risk associated with contract, sped off to avoid possible arrest.

It was gathered that unlike the first demonstration, when the youths took security agencies unawares and pelted the interior ministry with red paint, information about yesterday’s planned event was leaked to the security agents early enough, allowing them to effectively screen off the ministry from the Area 1 Roundabout and Apo Fly-over with about 15 police and Civil Defence vehicles and several personnel.

Security was equally beefed up on roads leading to the residence of the minister at Asokoro Extension, off Area 11 District, a development that affected neighbours and passers-by.

When contacted for comment, the deputy director of information and media relations in the ministry, Edwin M. E. Opara, argued that there was no strange happening at the aforementioned sites to the best of his knowledge.

“Nothing happened. So, how am I expected to talk when nothing happened?” he queried.

The same aggrieved youth group had, barely two weeks ago, pelted the ministry of interior with red paints while attributing the March 15 deaths of over 22 job seeking Nigerian youths on poor leadership and coordination skill of both Comrade Abba Moro and the Comptroller General of Immigration, Mr. David Parradang at the recently botched recruitment exercise

Meanwhile, a statement from presidential aide, Dr Doyin Okupe, disclosed that those who led the protest had been released at about 8:15pm yesterday.

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