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Published On: Wed, Apr 2nd, 2014

Security operatives frustrate efforts to dump coffin at Interior Ministry

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Security officers yesterday frustrated attempts by unemployed youths and members of civil society organisations to dump a coffin at the Ministry of Interior and the residence of the Minister, Comrade Abba Moro.

The group had planned to deposit a coffin to protest the dead of several unemployed job seekers who died during the immigration recruitment.

Our reporter gathered that about four of the organisers who defied instructions to leave the Interior ministry premises were arrested by security operatives which include; Police, Immigration and Civil Defence officials.

Eye-witnesses disclosed that the driver of a pick-up van, who was hired to bring nine empty coffins to the ministry, on sensing danger simply turned and drove off.

It was also gathered that unlike the first demonstration, when the youths took security agencies unawares and pelted the Interior Ministry with red paint, information about Wednesday’s planned event was leaked to the security outfits early enough.

The intelligent gathering according to source, enabled the security agencies to effectively screen out the Interior Ministry from the Area 1, roundabout and Apo Fly-over with about fifteen Police and Civil Defence vehicles.

It was also gathered that security was beefed up on roads leading to the residence of the Interior Minister at Asokoro Extension off Area 11 District.

At the Area 1, Old Federal Secretariat where the Ministry of Interior is located, security was unusually tight and even news men were refused entry into the ministry by stern looking civil defence officials.

Deputy Director of Information and Media Relations in the ministry, Edwin Edwin Opara when contacted on the issue said, “nothing happened. So, how am I expected to talk when nothing happened?”

 

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