Security beefed up around appeal court over pro-Atiku’s protest

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Security was on Wednesday morning beefed up around the premises of the Court of Appeal, Abuja over protest by some youths loyal to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The protest coincided with the resumed hearing of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal holding at the court.

Abubakar is challenging the electoral victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 presidential election at the tribunal.

The youth, under the aegies of National Support for Atiku Mandate, are demanding that the judiciary avoid interference in deciding Atiku’s petition.

The protesters, wearing white branded T-shirts, were seen with banners of different sizes and inscriptions.

The protest forced armed policemen to cordon off all roads leading to the Court of Appeal located within the Three Arms Zone.

The roads were blocked with police patrol vans, forcing motorists to search for alternative routes.

As of around 11:00 a.m., our correspondent noticed that the protesters were restricted to the front of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, close to one of the gates leading into the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

They were sharing stickers with different inscriptions to motorists.

Some of the inscriptions read “Judiciary, shun interference and preserve our democracy,” “#Istand4Justice” and “#IstandwithAtiku” among others.

(PUNCHNG)