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Dismissal of six police threatens unity, democracy, says PDP

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt   |   09 January 2017   |   3:25 am
PDP National Secretariat, Abuja

PDP National Secretariat, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State says the dismissal of six police officers attached to Governor Nyesom Wike and other deeds against Nigerians could plunge the country into chaos and ruin the nascent democracy, if not checked.

The party in a statement yesterday described the sack of the officers as the height of injustice.

According to the state party chairman, Felix Obuah, “the actions by the Police is the product of the politics of desperation as institutionalized by the All Progressive Congress (APC), and these spate of brigandage against Nigerians could plunge the country into chaos.”

He also berated the police force for allowing itself to be used in what it called a show of shame by the APC.

Obuah said the humiliation of the six police officers, which was beamed on national television, clearly showed that the police authorities acted the script of the APC which did not like the outcome of the just concluded Rivers rerun election on December 10, 2016.

The PDP accused the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) of insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians over his remark that the dismissed officers were engaged in professional misconduct. Obuah contended that the dismissed police officers were statutorily mandated to protect the governor who is the Chief Security Officer of the state.

Obuah further challenged the IGP to explain to Nigerians the status of the legion of Policemen, SARS and army officers who accompanied Transport minister and former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, Dakuku Peterside, Senator Magnus Abe as well as other APC chieftains, and senior police officers caught on video at collation centres.

According to him, the IG’s statement in justifying his sacking of the six officers does not stand the test of reason, wondering why the policemen, soldiers and SARS personnel who accompanied Amaechi and Peterside to the same Port Harcourt City Local Government Secretariat have not been sacked and tried for professional misconduct.




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