Splinter group of ruling party asks police chief to sit up to save Nigeria’s democracy.
The Kawu Baraje faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has challenged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to institute a probe into the disruption of its meeting two weeks ago, to prove his sincerity that he did not give the order to disrupt it.
The faction, also tagged “New PDP,” said that only a probe could convince Nigerians that the IGP had no hand in the attempt by the police to terminate a legitimate gathering of seven governors since the police officer who led the team that carried out the action claimed he was acting on “orders from above.”
A police team led by a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of Asokoro, Abuja Division, Nnanna Amah, had on November 3 disrupted the meeting of the governors of the New PDP at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja.
However, while testifying before the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs probing the incident, Mr. Abubakar said neither he nor any of his officers directed anybody to disrupt the meeting. He added that the officer who did it had a duty to account for his actions and activities within his domain.
“While we may agree with the IGP wholeheartedly on his stand and it is not our wish to accuse the IGP of lying, we hereby challenge him to prove his sincerity by instituting a probe into that shameful incident,” the faction said in a statement by its spokesperson, Chukwuemeka Eze, on Tuesday.
“This is the only way to convince Nigerians that he had no hand in the brazen attempt by the Divisional Police Officer of Asokoro Division, CSP Nnanna Amah, to abruptly and illegally terminate a legitimate gathering of seven of the country’s Governors.
“CSP Nnanna Amah, who had the temerity to threaten to arrest the G7 Governors if they did not stop the meeting, claimed to be acting on orders from a higher authority from the Villa. Who is that authority in the Villa? Nigerians surely deserve to know.”
The splinter group expressed hope that Mr. Abubakar was not trying to hide behind a finger in this instance, stressing “We are just thinking aloud because the IGP cannot claim ignorance of the impunity being perpetrated in Rivers State by the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, who has continued to be retained in that sensitive office despite requests for his transfer out of the state by the Rivers State Government, the National Assembly and many other eminent groups and individuals.”
The faction further stated that by his submission, the IGP had admitted that he could no longer control the people working under him, noting that if that was the case, it had grave implications for the maintenance of peace and security in the country.
It said though it trusted his competence and integrity, Mr. Abubakar should, however, sit up and take a stand on the side of the truth and justice so as to avoid being seen as a threat to the country’s fledgling democracy.
“He should remember the type of support that both the G7 Governors and other progressive Nigerians gave him upon his appointment as the nation’s number one cop and stop any further acts of impunity by the police. This is the only way for him to redeem his flagging image and that of the Nigeria Police Force,” the faction said.
“We sincerely wish him the best as we have continued to pray for him to avoid some misguided politicians from causing him to derail from the expectations of Nigerians.”
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