Nigeria Police Had No Hand in Rivers Rerun Violence – IGP
The Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday debunked insinuations in some quarters that it aided the violent attacks and disruption of the electoral process that took place during the last re-run election in Rivers State, Vanguard reports.
In a chat with newsmen during his one day working visit to Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase emphasized that nobody can accuse the Nigerian police of complicity or conniving with any person or group of persons to cause mayhem during the election.
According to him, it is not the police that ignites violence but the police class. “What we did was to secure the environment and allow law abiding citizens to go and cast their votes; so it has nothing to do with the police but the political class,” he said.
On the issue of communal clashes between Ebonyi State and its neighbouring states like Benue and Cross River states, the IGP urged the parties involved to learn to live together as the Police was not resting on its oasis to ensure the protection of lives and properties in the affected communities.
In a welcome address, the Commissioner of Police, Ebonyi State police command, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah who appreciated the IGP for his visit to the command noted that all the crime indices in the state have assumed a downward trend following the command’s usage of intelligent driven crime combating strategies. About Eleven Police Officers of the Ebonyi state Police command got automatic promotion for various outstanding performances during Solomon Arase’s one-day working visit in the state.
Ten of the beneficiaries were the centry- men that mounted Guard during the IGP’s visit while another Police Corporal was promoted and decorated immediately by the IGP for presenting a proposal for Police Data collation in the country. Arase also offered automatic scholarship to the son of a late Police Officer and JSS three student, Oluwasesan Abiodun, for composing and reciting a poem, he titled “the Nigeria Police”.
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