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Airport search: Operatives tampered with Atiku’s belongings and campaign documents – PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has said personal belongings and campaign documents of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar,were “tampered with” by security operatives when they conducted a search on his aircraft as he landed in Abuja from Dubai on Sunday morning.

The PDP issued a statement saying it condemned “in the strongest terms the unleashing of a special security squad of army, police and paramilitary agencies by the Muhammadu Buhari presidency to physically harass our presidential candidate.”

It alleged that the “Gestapo-style attack” was carried out “on orders from above.”

The statement said the agents “rushed our candidate… and attempted to physically manhandle him before invading his aircraft with dangerous weapons to conduct a violent search.”

It said the search did not turn up “anything incriminating” but that the agents “tampered with” Abubakar’s belongings including campaign documents.

Atiku had tweeted via his twitter handle, @atiku “I arrived to Abuja this morning, to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff.”

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.