18th June, 2010
The police in Delta State, Nigeria, have abort a political rally organised by Mr. Ayiri Emena, an acolyte of the embattled former governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
Ayiri had started to mobilise supporters for Ibori before the arrival of President Goodluck Jonathan in the state tomorrow.
Already, Ayiri and his over 500 supporters from Oghara and Warri have printed T-shirts in large numbers with the inscription Release Ibori Now.
The rally ran into a hitch when the police command in Warri invited Ayiri to the station and warned him to desist from going ahead with the rally, claiming that security information has reached its command that some interest groups have perfected a plan to destabilise Delta State by disrupting the presidential visit.
The police, it was gathered, have also mobilised their men in thousands, to be on the alert in Oghara and Warri. Vehicles commuting between Oghara and Warri are being thoroughly searched.
At the Delta State capital, Asaba, similar security checks have been in place by the police to avert a breakdown of law and order during the presidentâ€™s visit tomorrow. Efforts toÂ reach Ayiri to comment on his aborted rally has proved futile, as he failed to pick his calls.