APC Fears Arrest Of Leaders Ahead Of Polls

Top members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are being targeted by the Presidency  and the PDP in a planned  security clampdown ahead of the forthcoming elections,it was gathered yesterday.

Slated to effect the clampdown is the Department of State Security (DSS),party sources said.

The aim is to  scuttle or rig the elections in favour of the ruling party.

Under the alleged plan, the DSS is said to have  “directed its state commands to compile and submit a list of stake holders  and key communicators of the opposition party in all the local government areas across the country.

“The state commands were also directed to identify polling units and wards that are dominated by the opposition party’s supporters,especially in the units they scored above 60 per cent during the 2011 general elections.

“Three thousand and eight officers and men of the DSS have been shortlisted to undergo intensive training in shooting and weapon handling in preparation for the operation.”

The source also said warrants of arrest may have been procured in respect of those to be taken into custody ,and detention facilities  prepared for them.

It was gathered that security agencies have been directed to  start digging deep into the past records and activities of  those for arrest with a view to “uncovering  their negative antecedents that could be used against them.”

In the event that the planned arrests trigger mass protests in places like Lagos,Ibadan,Port Harcourt,Kano and Kaduna,these could be used as an excuse to  postpone elections in the affected places,the source said.

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