Protests by some political thugs loyal to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State were reportedly nipped in the bud by the police on Monday in Abuja, the federal capital.
The looming major crisis was quickly averted by the police as protests stormed the National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PUNCH reported that thugs loyal to Governor Bello, stormed the place in the early morning and harassed journalists at the scene.
The thugs, who came on the information that some people were coming to stage a protest against the governor’s interest, got agitated on sighting journalists.
Also in the crowd of protesters was the Kogi State APC Chairman, Abdullahi Bello, who led the assault and accused journalists of taking bribes to have gathered to cover the anti-Bello protest, the newspaper reported.
His attempt to snatch the mobile phone of a journalist who he suspected was taking pictures met stiff resistance from other journalists.
Taken aback by the resistance, Bello threatened to deal with the journalists and resorted to hurling insults on them.
It took the timely intervention of security men at the secretariat who prevented the thugs from gaining entrance to bring the situation under control.
The thugs did not spare commuters passing by while the tension raged.
The Federal Capital Territory Police Command quickly mobilised riot policemen to the secretariat to forestall a breakdown of law and order.
After the agitators were dispersed, some governorship aspirants under the aegis of Kogi State APC Governorship Aspirants Forum staged a protest at the secretariat.
They expressed their displeasure at the indirect primary adopted by the National Working Committee of the APC for the November 2 governorship election in Kogi State.