The Borno State Police Command has debunked the report alleging an attack on the convoy of the 2023 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar in Maiduguri.
This was made known in Maiduguri today (Wednesday) by the spokesperson of the command, ASP Kamilu Shatambaya.
Shatambaya told newsmen that the allegation was unfounded and baseless.
The spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa campaign council, Dino Melaye had alleged that the attack left 74 people injured and receiving treatment at the hospital.
However, Shatambaya described the allegation as mischievous, fake and a hoax.
He said the allegation was an attempt to incite disturbances and disrupt the peace enjoyed by the people of Borno.
Shatambaya added that the campaign rally was conducted successfully under tight and adequate security.
“The candidate was accompanied to the Shehu of Borno’s palace after which he was accompanied to the Ramat Square where he addressed his supporters.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdu Umar, was also at the venue to ensure that everything went on successfully.
“However, one Danladi Abbas (32) was arrested on Airport Road, Maiduguri, for throwing stones at the motorcade of the presidential candidate.
“Abbas and other hoodlums attempted to disrupt the motorcade, but they were chased and luckily one of them was arrested and taken away for questioning,’’ Shatambaya explained.
Debunking the claim that 74 people were injured during the alleged attack, Shatambaya said: “We also went round hospitals to ascertain the claim that more than 74 persons were hospitalised, but no such patient was found.”
He added that no such incident was reported in any police station within Maiduguri and Jere.