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Juliana Francis

The Kogi State Police Command has denied that its commissioner is involved in the fight going on between two political parties in the state.

The Command described the allegation as the CP as “reckless.”

The Kogi State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), a Superintendent of Police, William Ovye Aya, said: “It is not the tradition of the Police Command to respond to all allegations, especially frivolous ones by politicians accusing us of bias, but the last one by one Farouk Adejoh who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the Social Democratic Party, is a direct affront on the integrity and authority of the Nigerian Police Force, hence the need to set the record straight.

 

“The Command is at this moment giving Farouk Adejoh 24 hours to substantiate his allegations against the State Police Command and the CP or we might have no option than to invoke our operational processes to hold him to account for his reckless and unsubstantiated claims.

“The Police Command doesn’t belong to any political party. Our responsibility is to protect lives and property, a mandate we have protected without fear or favour.

 

“Today, we received reports of a protest gone awry at the State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The CP swiftly directed the deployment of officers and men to restore normalcy at the INEC Office. Our concern is the protection of the staff and property of the Electoral Commission as well as the safety of the citizens transacting businesses around the INEC Office.

 

“With the support of other security agencies, calm was restored at the INEC State Headquarters. How the operation that restored peace at the INEC Office has infuriated the Social Democratic Party is what we don’t understand. The protesters who blocked the road and were burning tires to scare people were all wearing the fez caps of the Social Democratic Party.

 

“The Police Command at this moment sounds a note of warning to the SDP and other political parties to desist from disturbing the state’s peace as anyone that tries to obstruct operations at the INEC Office will face the full wrath of the law.

 

“The CP has therefore, unbiasedly directed full investigations into the allegations raised in Farouk Adejoh’s statement to ensure that a final knell is placed on attempts by politicians to drag the Police Force into partisan disagreements. We are for all Nigerians.

 

“While other parties have conducted themselves in a relatively peaceful manner, the activities of the Social Democratic Party have generated a lot of security concerns before, during and after the election. They have refused to cooperate with the Nigerian Police in dealing with security issues, a situation that has raised tension in the state.

 

“He urges all parties to have faith in the judiciary and refrain from taking the laws into their hands. Any breach of peace henceforth will be dealt with decisively and without compromise, no matter the elements involved.

 

“The State Police Command wishes to assure Kogites of their safety as plans have been put in place to guarantee peace.”

 

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