I-G orders crackdown on political thuggery

IGP Suleiman Abba

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, on Saturday ordered a crackdown on political thuggery by the police following instances of attacks by some party supporters against their opponents..

Mr. Abba ordered Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) and Command Commissioners of Police (CPs) to investigate all political acts that contravened the law.

Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Force Public Relations Officer, spoke on behalf of Mr. Abba at a news conference.

He expressed concern that in spite of warnings, politicians and their supporters still engaged in violent acts to further their political interests.

Mr. Abba warned that henceforth anyone caught in such acts would not be spared no matter how highly placed they might be in the society.

“There have been reports of untoward activities in political campaigns and meetings.

“It is particularly worrisome that of recent, thugs and miscreants have been employed by some political parties to disrupt political campaigns of their opponents.

“In some instances, stones and missiles have been hauled at the nation’s highly respected citizens and leaders.

“Abusive and demeaning words, and in some instances, offensive vituperations bordering on the macabre have been hauled at opponents.

“We have received disturbing reports of the pulling down and defacing of campaign posters,’’ Mr. Abba said.

He said that such conduct did not speak well of those aspiring to lead the nation.

“Such acts contravene Section 227 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and sections 94 and 94 of the Electoral Act.

“Besides, they grossly negate sections 5 to 8 of the Public Order Act and Article 3 of the Political Parties Code of Conduct agreed to and adopted by all political parties,’’ he said.

Mr. Abba said that it was counter-productive on the part of politicians to attempt to kill those they wanted to lead, adding that it was wrong for them to use force.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the police will apply the full weight of the law on any political actor, sponsor, associate or foot-soldier who resorts to hate speech or violence.

“The unity, peace and orderly progress of this nation cannot be mortgaged to suite or oil the ambitions of a few.

“Let it be restated that the law is not a respecter of persons,’’ Mr. Abba said.

(NAN)


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  • Wähala

    “For the avoidance of doubt, the police will apply the full weight of the law on any political actor, sponsor, associate or foot-soldier who resorts to hate speech or violence” – IGP

    “We are going to war. Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself,’’ – Dokubo Asari

    Both the IGP & DSS are empty noise makers much like the miscreants of Niger Delta. One day ugly Marilyn Ogar is giving last warnings, the next, Suleiman Abba is claiming the law is no respecter of persons. Enough of empty grandstanding…
    If you want to shoot, shoot. And if you want to arrest, arrest… but, nothing will affect Change that is coming in Febuhari. No Clowns can take away our destiny… #BikoSaiBuhari2015!

    • Gaskiya

      That is just the reality. Nobody in Nigeria can temper with our resolve to bring change.

  • Tayelolu

    Mr. Suleiman Abba, the following happened. Ekiti governor Ayo Fayose placed a death wish (hate language) on Mr. Buhari in an advert in the newspaper. What did you do.? Nothing. The Ijaw terrorists under the auspices of Tompolo (who President Jonathan gave money to to buy Six warships), Dokuob-asari have just finished a terrorism meeting in the Bayelsa state govt house. What have you done? If you did nothing in these two cases are you then a personal Police Inspector General For President Jonathan and his party-PDP?

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    people are reacting that there are (thousands of) military men well armed every five feet and the state has been shut down. They say that the numbers of soldiers drafted to secure the president’s visit are enough to have defeated Boko Haram had such been drafted for that purpose.

    More pictures from Borno today by Abdurrahman Bundi

    With campaign slogan “VOW to do more,” the people ask, to do more what? Killing? Looting? Corruption or Impunity?, they ask. The temperature is quite hot.
    CV

  • jossy

    This shameless IG should resign. Asari dokubo addressed press conference where he threaten to attack apc campaign in niger delta, yet this IG was nowhere to be seen. Fayose placed a dead wish advert yet this IG did not issue warning. If al these where done by apc supporters what would have been his reaction. Buhari will win Feb 14th and he will be sacked for sure. partisan man.

  • Dankasa

    Yes Abba, you have done the right thing but Asari Dokubo who just read a communique of their meeting at Govt House in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State where he promised to unleash hell and all sort of nonsense on our soil is enjoying a heavenly Police Guard (which i believe you are aware of) while sleeping in his million dollar mansion in Apo Area of Abuja as I am writing this comment now, what can you say about that? do we have different meanings of political thuggery or your order apply to only certain class of politicians or party? Abba, i hope i know the road to Kirikasamma, your village in Jigawa State because soonest, you are leaving Lewis Edit House.