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PDP demands removal of Kogi police commissioner ahead of guber election

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The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called for the removal of the state’s Commissioner of Police, Busari Hakeem, whom the party alleged have been reduced to taking instructions from the state government.

The party in a statement signed by its Deputy Director of Public Communications, Austin Okai Usman, and issued on Wednesday, passed a vote of no confidence on the state’s Commissioner of Police, warning that with his presence, Kogi people should not expect an election that is free of violence and rancour.

The PDP expressed concern over the activities Hakeem ahead of the November 16 election.

Usman said: “This is a clear indication that virtually all government officials in Kogi and top APC members and their thugs were being protected and at the same time using the state police commissioner’s men to chase, harass, intimidate and threaten to kill PDP members across the state.

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“Specifically, the Council noted with serious worry the activities of Governor [Yahaya] Bello’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, in Mopa Muro local government, Ndamodu Ali, former Commissioner of Local Government in Ofu, and the clampdown of our supporters in Dekina, Ankpa, Bassa, Idah, Olamaboro and the concluded plans to spread across the state, with the aid of the state Commissioner of Police, his men and the fake uniformed men, including those imported by Yahaya Bello, engaged in dirty and illegal duties in Kogi.

“The police hierarchy under Committed Hakeem lacks the partial stance necessary to supervise and monitor the November 16 election, the PDP is appealing to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to urgently effect his removal to avoid what it says is the potential for a break-down of law and order in the state,” he added.

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