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Redeployment of police from north to N’Delta suspicious, group says



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The planned massive redeployment of police officers from the northern part of the country to the Niger Delta, has been faulted by a group, Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade, FHRAC.
The group described the move as suspicious and an abuse of constitutional democracy.
They urged the Federal Government to reconsider the decision and allow the police authorities conduct their activities in a manner that can serve the best interest of the country in accordance with dictates of the extant laws.
The group, in a statement signed by its National President, Cleric Alaowei, said the Nigerian constitution never envisaged one region or ethnic group to dominate the others in terms of public governance.
The statement reads in part: “The bare faced insinuation by the Federal Government that the police officers in the region have compromised their positions to be working with militants is a ploy to pull wool over people’s eyes.
“That is just an excuse that has underground agenda which is only known to the initiators. We see no justification in that flimsy excuse which lacked all material substances. If any security officer compromises his sacred duty by romancing with criminals, the government should not waste time in unleashing the full wrath of the law against such person.
“When news of military personnel’s complicity in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East broke out, the army authorities disciplined those culpable officers. The Jonathan government did not take excuse with the series of those incidents to flood the North with Southern officers.
“President Buhari should not create unnecessary tension in the country. Nigeria is a secular state and must be ruled in that regard. There has never been a time a decision like this was ever taken not even during Yar’Adua’s tenure when the region was a hotbed of militants’ activities.”
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