There was palpable apprehension and traffic congestions in many parts of Lagos State yesterday when armed personnel embarked on a show of force in state ahead of the nation’s general elections.
The soldiers in full fatigue and helmets carried out their display in many parts of the State, including the front of the private residence of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Bourdillon Street in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The soldiers in 10 armoured trucks patrolled the repeatedly in front of the residence to the chagrin of the hordes of politicians and family members who sighted them.
“The soldiers were first noticed on Sunday about 3:50pm. They were stationed about 500 meters away from his(Tinubu) gate”, a media aide of the former Lagos State governor told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY.
“But Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) is not in Lagos and there is nothing to bother about,” he added.
Between February 8 and 10, a similar siege was laid on the residence of the voluble politician. APC has been concerned about the security of Tinubu whom they alleged has been pencilled down for arrest before next Saturday’s presidential polls
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY, however, observed that the armed forces and other security agencies moved and took over other major roads in the State.
Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) were deployed in some strategic locations in the state and the “show of force” was carried out by a joint team drawn from army, Navy, Air force, Nigeria Civil Defence, State Security Services and the Police.