The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Gombe state has accused the state command of Nigerian Police of taking sides with the Peoples Democratic Party in the build up to the general elections.
The secretary of the APC, Abubakar Modibbo, Wednesday, issued a statement saying the Police hierarchy in the state refused to act on a petition by the party after the residence of its governorship candidate, Inuwa Yahya, was attacked by thugs suspected to be the supporters of the PDP.
“Even though, a formal complaint was lodged to the Commissioner of Police, no action was taken.
“The APC supporters in Gombe proceeded to the Police Headquarters on a peaceful march to have words with the CP who refused them audience till date,” the statement said.
It also said the Police always remain inactive whenever the APC reports attacks on its members carried out by the supporters of the PDP.
“Could it be part of the reasons why the Commissioner of Police in Gombe State was never transferred or removed as it was recently done in almost all the 36 States?
“Do we need to remind the Commissioner of Police that the Constitutional Responsibility of the Police is protecting the lives and properties of all citizens, investigating and detecting crimes as well prosecuting same, which is glaringly failing in Gombe State,” they said.
The party also said even the assassination attempt on the former SA to the governor on Security, Abdullahi Mohammed, did not spur the police into action.
Mr. Mohammed claims hoodlums suspected to be the supporters of Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo recently attacked him.
He said the thugs were on a mission to kill him.
In its statement Wednesday, Mr. Mohammed recalled the thugs who attacked him “came in groups in two cars, one a dark green car with registration number BLG 142 AA and I could not identify the make of the other car. Three of the thugs came down from the two cars and approached us, one of them went straight to me and jerked me and the other two came over me and started hitting me.”
He said he had no idea why he was attacked, until when one of the attackers said “why are you antagonizing the Governor, Is he your match or what?”
We remain neutral
When contacted, the police spokesperson in Gombe, Fwaje Atajiri, said the police have been neutral and professional in handling all affairs.
“The rule of law remains the guiding principle of the Police, our allegiance lies with the law not any individual,” he said. “Mr. Atajiri said the police always act on any complain sent to it, saying, “Mischief makers are just out to give the police a bad name.”
He said evidence of the police handling of all complaints could be found at either the Criminal Investigation Department or the various courts.
He also said the Commissioner of Police recently held a meeting with all the major parties and told them what to do and not do.
“A drowning man will always complain, but we are not the electorate,” he said.