Youth Boo, Stone Ex-Gov Babangida Aliyu At Inauguration Of New Governor
Immediate past governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu was Friday booed and pelted with food packs at the inauguration of Governor Abubakarsadiq Sani Bello.
As Aliyu came into the stadium and got on the podium to take the guard salute, hostile supporters of Bello kept booing him, and shouting ‘ole’ barawo.
He was booed throughout as he stood on the podium and as he walked to his seat.
Security was immediately ? beefed up as soldiers were brought in from the 31 Artillery Brigade, Army Barrack in Minna as there was fear that there would be violence and attacks on Aliyu at the end of the inauguration.
As soon as Bello finished delivering his speech, the pelting increased as APC supporters threw stones, shoes and food packs at him.
Immediately after the National anthem, soldiers started shooting into the air and releasing tear gas and there was a stampede as people scampered for safety.
Aliyu was immediately whisked away from the stadium which was the venue of the inauguration amidst tight security led by the commissioner of Police, Olushola Amore through the back gate.
Bello was sworn in by his mother in-law, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar who is the chief Judge of Niger state.
Aliyu, for whom provision was made to make a speech was unable to as his speech was skipped as a result of the hostility by supporters of Bello.
It was gathered that security operatives had earlier advised him not to attend ?the inauguration since it is anticipated that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) supporters would be hostile following the manner in which they had behaved in the past but Aliyu refused and insisted on attending the inauguration.