By Gbade Ogunwale, Assistant Editor, Abuja
The police Sunday night aborted a scheduled meeting of the G-7 Governors and the leadership of the Abubakar-Baraje-led breakaway group.
The meeting, scheduled by the organisers to hold at the Sokoto State Governor’s lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, at 8pm, got botched by truck loads of heavily armed riot policemen.
Swiftly, the members regrouped at an undisclosed location where they met. They discussed briefly and dispersed as soon as they gathered.
Reports claimed that armed policemen in two trucks parked close to the entrance of the building as at 7.45 pm.
But when our correspondent arrived the venue at 8.30 pm, there was only one police car parked close to the entrance with only two policemen in visibility.
Drivers and vehicle owners were prevented from stopping metres close to the building. Parking was not allowed.
Spokesman for the Baraje faction, Chukwuemeka Eze confirmed the siege. He told our correspondent on the telephone that members were forced to beat a retreat, strictly for security reasons.
According to him, “we are being careful not to play into the hands of certain state sponsored agents currently on the prowl”.