Information reaching from source in Aba indicate that the planned marathon event hosted by affiliates to the State government of Abia State was at the verge of being shutdown by security agents following a failed attempt by thugs to scuttle the event and to unleash violence.

The runners at today's marathon in Aba

The runners at today?s marathon in Aba

According to available information, the thugs hard waited at the entrance to the Aba stadium in large numbers ? and as the runners arrived into the stadium the thugs spontaneously began to chant war songs. As they chanted war, the spectators were caught by surprise because the event was not political to necessitate any reaction from opposition parties in the state. As the chant began to rise into a near violent scuttle, the security agents were quick to act. The quick action of the police and the men of the SSS halted the thugs? intention immediately. No serious injuries were recorded.

Cursory inquiry into the cause of he thug action pointed squarely at the doorstep of the former governor of Abia State, Mister Orji Uzor Kalu. According to the information received, the thugs who orchestrated the failed mission were known thugs who work for Orji Uzor Kalu. The youths were identified by residents of the area who were familiar with the operation of the thugs during Orji Uzor Kalu?s administration. According to a source, who explained that the thugs were not strangers in the community, added that ?the operations of thugs are not hidden, we know them very well?.

The police officers and other security agents on site were not readily available to comment. But one of the plain cloths security officers spoke off-the-record. He stated that they had received intelligence reports beforehand of a possible disruption by some thugs operation under the direction of some political opponents of the governor. That was why we were quick to react to halt it before it started. ?We were expecting them?

The Abia State Commissioner for Sport confirmed that there was an incident at the entrance of the stadium. But he downplayed the incident as having a mimimal effect to the event. ?There is no problem. The event is moving well?


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