9 Days To Go: PDP Kicks Against Redeployment Of 37 Police Commissioners
Ahead of the February 16 elections, the Police Service Commission has approved the redeployment of 37 Commissioners of Police for the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had recommended the redeployment of the affected officers to the PSC shortly after his appointment.
The PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement in Abuja on Thursday that the commission had approved the redeployment of the officers, adding that the Commissioners of Police were expected to proceed immediately to their new commands before the polls.
In the new exercise, Egbetokun Kayode whose earlier posting to Lagos State was aborted by the acting IG, was redeployed to Kwara State on Wednesday.
The posting, however, did not go down well with the Peoples Democratic Party.
The PDP described it as a ploy to use the police to rig the elections in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
But in spite of this opposition, Ani said the affected Commissioners of Police should resume at their new commands before the February 16 elections.
The opposition political parties under the aegis of the Coalition of United Political Parties has claimed that the ongoing reorganisation of the police which has led to the redeployment of some officers was aimed at favouring the ruling All Progressives Congress during the general elections.
The spokesman for the coalition, Imo Ugochinyere, alleged in a statement on Wednesday that the police hierarchy had asked some APC leaders to name the commissioners, area commanders, divisional police officers, SARS commanders, Rapid Response Squad Commanders and MOPOL Commanders they wanted in their states.
He said, “The manipulation includes asking selected and designated leaders of the APC to choose the officers that will work with them. Unfortunately, the acting Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) has succumbed to their ploy and is now taking instructions from a political party on police postings.”
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