Authorities of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna State said on Thursday, 12th February, 2015, they discovered arms meant to cause chaos at the venue of President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election rally in the state.
The Army also said children below voting age gained entrance into the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, venue of the rally, and booed party leaders.
The representative of the Army Commander, 1 Division Internal Security Force, Brigadier General John Malu, disclosed this at a meeting with governorship candidates in Kaduna, adding that no political party can be exonerated of violence in Kaduna State.
Speaking further, Malu said the Army seized arms from party loyalists during the recent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential rally while a number of vehicles were damaged during the All Progressives Congress (APC) rally.
“During the APC presidential rally, many vehicles were damaged because they were not carrying the posters of some candidates. Again, I personally screened people entering venue of the recent PDP presidential rally and I discovered arms concealed under the clothes of people and seized a lot of them.”
He added that during the elections, soldiers will not be stationed at polling units but at ‘‘strategic locations’’.