The Nigerian police has reacted to a picture of Elisha Abbo, the senator representing Adamawa north, with Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police, which is currently in circulation on social media.
Following the emergence of the picture, some social media users accused the police of giving preferential treatment to Sen. Abbo who is currently under investigation for assaulting a nursing mother.
Abbo had been invited by the police following the release of a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage where the senator was seen repeatedly hitting an attendant at a sex toy shop in Abuja.
The police issued a statement on Thursday, explaining that the picture was taken at the office of Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, during a security meeting with northern traditional rulers.
The statement read: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a picture of Senator Abbo Elisha purportedly having a conversation with the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni.”
“Needless to state that the picture was taken in Governor El-Rufai’s office when the IGP paid the Governor a courtesy visit during a Security meeting with the Northern Traditional Rulers in Kaduna on April 30th, 2019.
“Whatever may be the motive behind the display of the picture at the time when the Senator is under investigation, be it known that the IGP, a public servant, interacts with every Nigerian, irrespective of their status, political leaning, tribe or religion, etc in the course of discharging his duties as the number one Cop of the Nation.
“The public should, therefore, disregard the obviously mischievous intentions of the author of the post.”