The police have begun investigation into an allegation that an officer threatened to shoot dead the Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Ade Abolurin.
This was disclosed in a statement by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, Friday.
“The allegation is being investigated by the force and the outcome will be made public soonest,” Mr. Ojukwu was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, as saying.
The statement quoted the Civil Defence spokesperson, Emmanuel Okeh, as saying the attempt was made on Mr. Abolurin and over 200 members of his committee.
In an earlier statement, Mr. Okeh had accused a police officer of threatening to attack the commandant-general while on an inspection in Lagos, alongside officials from the army, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.
The unnamed police officer, an inspector, threatened to open fire on Mr. Abolurin and his team for daring to conduct checks at a site manned by the police, Mr. Okeh said.
Members of the team are part of a government committee on anti-vandalism chaired by the civil defence commandant-general.
Mr. Okeh said the attack occurred at Ikorodu, Lagos, after the arrest of suspected vandals and oil thieves who were in possession of petroleum products.
He said a team of police officers arrived in an unmarked danfo bus soon after the arrest, and an AK47 riffle-wielding officer made it clear to the team that the police were in charge of the site.
But in a phone interview Friday, a spokesperson for the Lagos State police, Lelme Kolle, told PREMIUM TIMES it could not be true that a police officer would attack a convoy of armed civil defence personnel and soldiers.
“It is a complete lie. It is not true. It is a concocted story,” said Mr. Kolle.
Mr. Kolle said a police anti-vandalism team only stopped a convoy of 10 pick-ups that was headed to the site and sought to know whether the occupants had been cleared the police to visit the site.
Asked why the commandant–general of the Civil Defence would require police clearance to carry out his assignments, Mr. Kolle said it was possible the police operatives did not know that Mr. Abolurin was on the team.