​Learn from Abba’s sack, shun partisanship, APC t​ells new Police ​I​G​

Solomon Arase, IG of Nigeria Police Force

The All Progressives Congress has urged the newly-appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to approach his new task with a high level of professionalism while shunning the kind of crass partisanship that has dragged key national institutions of state, especially the police, into the partisan fray.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party advised the Acting IGP to learn from the fate that befell his predecessors who, under their watch, turned the police into the enforcement arm of the ruling party, thus allowing the institution to be wantonly used to thwart the will of the people and act in ways that negate its constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order.

It said irrespective of the reasons for his appointment as the Acting IGP at this time, Mr. Arase must realize that he will be judged solely by the direction to which he takes the police, which is one of the most abused national institutions by those who have been at the helms
of the nation’s affairs since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999.

”We do not know the reason for the sack of the immediate past IGP, but we have read, just like other Nigerians, that it might not be unconnected with the role he either played or did not play in the last general elections,” APC said. “What we do know is that the police force under the former IG was a major actor in the massive rigging and violence that characterized the elections in some parts of the country, especially in Rivers ,Akwa Ibom
​, ​Sokoto and Gombe states just to mention a few.

”Now, Mr. Arase faces perhaps the biggest test in his new capacity with the supplementary elections coming up in Abia, Imo and Taraba. We do hope he will not allow the police under him to be used to thwart the will of the people in those states or to give cover to those who
will engage in violence. Any IG worth his salt does not need to pander to the President or the ruling party in carrying out his duties. All he has to do is to make sure the police carry out its statutory duties in accordance with the law and without fear or favour.”

The party said it does not believe the rumours making the rounds that the new Acting IGP was appointed to facilitate victory for the PDP in those supplementary elections, saying, in any case, that whatever may be the reason for his appointment, he should realize that Nigerians have now reached a level where they will not allow anyone, whether in uniform or not, to either prevent them from exercising their franchise or to collude with politicians to ensure that their votes do not count.

”When Mr. Arase’s predecessor issued an illegal order directing Nigerians to vote and immediately vacate polling units during the last elections, he knew he was acting against what the law stipulates, but he chose to do so anyway to please his masters,” he said. “However, armed with the position of the law, Nigerians simply ignored the illegal order, voted and stayed behind to defend their votes.

“When that unlawful order is placed side-by-side with other acts that ran contrary to the maintenance of law and order under the immediate past IG – including the cover given to the OPC to wreak havoc in Lagos, the illegal withdrawal of the security details of House of Representatives’ Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, whom he (former IG) refused to recognize as Speaker in a clear usurpation of the role of the judiciary, and the shameful role of the police in the Osun Governorship election last year, during which hundreds of APC members were arrested and detained without cause – one will realize to what extent the police was dragged into partisan politics under him.

”But in the end, those for whom the IG desecrated the police had no qualms about humiliating him out of office. We hope Mr. Arase will learn a lesson from this, toe a different path and not run the police like his private company and a tool in the hands of unscrupulous politicians.”


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  • excel

    It will good for him to adhere to the advise, as a law enforcement head been partisan will only derailed him. APC has spoken well others should learn from abba

  • burning spear

    ABBA WAS USED BY THE APES IN APC AND DUMPED-THAT IS WHY THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA JAMES Entwistle COMMENDED HIM FOR A JOB WELL DONE—————HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL TO THE USE OF 5 YR OLD KIDS TO RIG THE ELECTIONS—FOR BUHARI—–THE NEW IGP DOES NOT NEED MORAL LESSONS ON HOW TO RUN THE POLICE FORCE FROM–CERTIFICATE FORGERS——-AND DRUG CONVICTS————IN APC

    • APCman

      PDP man, what explains the difference in the number of registered voters in Akwa Ibom state and the greater number of votes allocated to PDP in the Gubernatorial election?

      • Bayo Ola

        I would suggest that every commentator ignore this person that goes by the moniker “Burning Spear”. The best way to make him/her um-important is not to engage him/her. Just ignore all his/her comment. He/she is an agent provocateur on any issue. He/she fabricates information to inflame your passion. So just ignore him/her–since we do not know his true gender. You need not play in the gutter with a pig. The gutter is the pig territory. Your mansion is your own territory. Walk pass the pig on your way to your mansion. You cannot beat the pig to its game in the mud.

        • Ade

          I agree with you.

      • Scrutiny

        Looks like the same thing happened in Lagos in spite of the widely reported low turn out of voters during the gubernatorial elections

  • Okolie

    This Arase of a man was the guy that investigated the murder of Bola Ige.
    During the course of Investigation, Jelili Adesiyan (present Minister of Police Affairs and Omisore and co were detained and investigated but nothing came out of it.
    Arase later became a very good friend of Adesiyan and even worked under him as a Minister of Police Affairs.
    He’s now been rushed to the IG position to continue with their ‘abracadabra jobs’. No way!.
    May 29th is fast approaching, he just have to be removed for a non-partisan IG.

  • Okolie

    Who bungled Bola Ige’s Assassination Investigation?.
    The Nation deserve an answer.

  • Perry

    What the APC is saying to the acting Inspector General of Police is obvious; “Mr. Arase, you must do what we tell you or be dismissed from like Abba. It’s that simple.” Who says Nigeria is finally saved? Wait till the various groups that constitute the APC medley begin to demand their shares of the cake.