APC Decries FG’s Attempt to Link Bauchi Terrorist Raid to Party
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said there is a hint of foul play in the latest attempt by the Federal Government to link a recent terrorist raid to the party.
Coordinator of the National Information Centre (NIC) and Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, had said registration materials belonging to a prominent political party were found on some terrorist suspects in Bauchi and that some politicians were being investigated on account of the findings.
“After the last successful operations carried out by security forces to dislodge terrorists from their base in the Darazo Local Government Area-end of Balmo Forest in Bauchi State, the politicians are being interrogated following the recovery of some sensitive materials – registration cards and symbol of a prominent political party that was found in the possession of some of the suspects arrested,” Omeri had said.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the report was skewed to paint the party in bad light. He said the raid wasn’t carried out in a forest as the Federal Government had pointed out but in a residential area.
“We have investigated it and what we found was that the security forces raided a particular area and that area they went is not a virgin area. It is an area where people live. So in the process they picked up two temporary membership receipts of APC.
“SSS demanded for APC register in one local government in Bauchi and we submitted it to them and we are now waiting for the outcome of their investigation. But it was not true that any prominent member of APC has been indicted or invited for questioning.
“What happened was that they went to raid some areas and the place is not a forest as claimed. It is where people lived and they said they found membership cards of two members of our party. When they found it, they contacted the state chairman of the party in Bauchi State.
“The security agents demanded that they wanted the party register. They were furnished with the register and it was found that the identity cards were for our members. Now they asked who were they but the chairman replying, wondered how they expected him to know every member of the party. People come to register and give any address of their choice. That was the end of the matter.
“It is just like someone going to a place like Nyanya to say he found an identity card belonging to APC and he started saying he is investigating prominent politicians. Who are they deceiving? They demanded that local branch in that area should submit its register and we gave them.
“We are waiting for their investigation. It is like going to a garage to find something and linking it to a party”, Lai Mohammed said.
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