20 November 2012

Nigeria: Ekiti Crisis - PDP Calls for Immediate Transfer of Police Boss

Following his alleged inability to stem the rising wave of violence and other criminal activities in Ekiti State, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to transfer the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Soyonye Wakama out of the state.

But, in a swift reaction, the CP said, "I really don't care, if my superior say I should go, on transfer.

Briefing the press on the activities of the CP since his assumption of office about six months ago, the PDP Director General of Information, Media Communication and Publicity, Mr Gboyega Aribisogan, said the action of the police boss gave room for suspicion.

While reeling out some of the alleged unwarranted actions of the CP, Aribisogan pointed out that up till date, the state police command had not come out to tell Ekiti people the report of its investigations on the violence that led to the closure of the Ekiti State University two months ago.

He accused the command of turning itself into the security arm of the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), accusing it of being partisan in handling of cases affecting members of different political parties in the state.

"Rather than protect the lives and property of Ekiti State government and its people, the state police commissioner has abdicated his responsibilities and continued to play partisan politics with the lives and property of the people of the state.

"You are aware of the recent attack on the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, by suspected ACN thugs in Oye-Ekiti and the attempted murder of his driver in Ire-Ekiti.

"Up till this morning (Monday), the Ekiti State Command has not come out to tell us those who committed these heinous crimes," he maintained.

He accused the state police command of aiding the alleged invasion of Ilasa-Ekiti and Egbe-Iro by those suspected to be agents of the government through the use of state apparatus to unleash terror on the peace loving people of the communities in a matter that are purely internal decision of the communities.

"We are alarmed at the security situation in the state, today, people are afraid of moving freely on the streets of Ilasa and Egbe-Iro because the ruling government has decided to act in a manner that suggests that it has special interest in who becomes the regent of these two communities.

However, while further reacting to other allegation, Wakama said about the Oye incident, seven people had been arrested, adding that the man involved in the EKSU killing had also been charged to court.

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