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KOGI/BAYELSA POLL: Rights group decries IGP’s fake police claim, wants him sacked



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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has frowned at a claim by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu that fake policemen undermined the security of the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states last Saturday.

The group, therefore said the IGP failed to ensure adequate security during the elections in the two states and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him.

This was contained in a statement HURIWA national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday.

The Nigerian police had deployed 66,241 of its operatives for the elections in the two states, which was marred by reported cases of killings and other electoral irregularities.

In its statement on the IGP’s claim, the group said, “If Nigeria was indeed a constitutional democracy and was it not that the Federal Government is the chief promoter of impunity, lawlessness and flagrant disregard for the Rule of law, the inspector general of police having failed abysmally to secure the Kogi and Bayelsa elections would have either resigned or would have since been dismissed.

“President Muhammadu Buhari should sack the failed inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu unless the Federal government of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party the All Progressives Congress are the direct beneficiaries of the gale of insecurity and threats to national security that was witnessed during the heavily manipulated and orchestrated an electoral heist that took place in Kogi and Bayelsa states a few days ago.

“In saner climes, the chief of police could have tendered his resignation for absolute failure to stop the bloody violence that trailed both the Kogi and Bayelsa election including the burning to death of a Peoples’ Democratic Women leader Mrs. Acheju Abuh by All Progressives Congress armed thugs but here we are in a Country that masquerades about as a constitutional democracy and we conducted a violent election in which many lives were lost but the boss of the Police who failed in his duty rather than take responsibility and then quit is busy dishing out cock and bull stories to explain his apparent failure of leadership of the Nigerian Police Force.

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“Can we tell the failed IGP that scholars of management science say that responsibility means the state of being accountable or answerable for any obligation, trust, debt or something or in other words it means obligation to complete a job assigned on time and in the best way. Responsibility according to management experts refers to an obligation to do something. When authority is delegated then some responsibility for getting the assigned task done is also fixed.

“Why has the police under the watch of the inspector general of police refused to arrest the armed thugs that killed the innocent woman politician and the nephew of senator Dino Melaye? The president should immediately remove the IGP unless of course the All Progressives Congress benefitted from the bloody violence that characterized the charade of an election,” the statement read in part.

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