By Muhammadu Sabiu In a remarkable display of security preparedness, armed personnel have implemented stringent security measures along the path leading to the presidential election petition court in Abuja.
This heightened security presence is in anticipation of the crucial judgement scheduled for Wednesday, which will decide the fate of election petitions lodged by opposition candidates.
An extensive security protocol is visibly in effect, featuring three distinct checkpoints spanning the route from the Ministry of Finance Headquarters to the court’s entrance.
At each checkpoint, individuals, including lawyers, party representatives, staff, and accredited journalists, undergo thorough verification procedures before gaining access.
Following this initial screening, cleared individuals proceed to undergo comprehensive searches to ensure no prohibited items enter the court premises. Inside the court compound, security personnel are diligently scanning strategic locations for potential explosive devices and other dangerous weapons.
This enhanced security posture underscores the authorities’ unwavering commitment to maintaining a secure environment during this critical phase of the election petition proceedings.
Presently, access to the courtroom itself is highly restricted, emphasising the gravity and sensitivity of the impending judgment. The presidential election petition court is poised to deliver its verdict on Wednesday, focusing on petitions filed by prominent presidential candidates.
Among them are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, representing the Peoples Democratic Party, and Peter Obi of the Labour Party, both challenging President Bola Tinubu’s election.
The nation is anxiously awaiting the outcome of this judgement. With these extensive security measures in place, it is evident that the authorities are sparing no effort to ensure a peaceful and secure environment as Nigeria anticipates the pivotal verdict in this high-stakes legal battle.