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Kogi: Police gives SDP spokesperson 24 hours to prove claim that CP recruited thugs

The Nigeria Police Force has given the spokesperson of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Kogi State Farouk Adejoh 24 hours to throw more light on his allegation that the Commissioner of Police Bethrand Onuoha was responsible for recruiting thugs for a particular political party in the state.

Spokesperson of the Kogi State Police Command, SP William Ovye Aya, in a statement on Thursday described the statement credited to Adejoh as a direct affront on the integrity and authority of the Nigerian Police Force.

Aya insisted that Ajejoh should within the time given to him substantiate his allegation against the State Police Command and the Commissioner of Police, or face the consequence of his action.

“The Police Command doesn’t belong to any political party. Our responsibility is to protect lives and property, a mandate we have protected without fear or favour.

“Today, we received reports of a protest gone awry at the State Office of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The CP swiftly directed the deployment of officers and men to restore normalcy at the INEC Office.

“Our concern is the protection of the staff and property of the Electoral Commission as well as the safety of the citizens transacting businesses around the INEC Office.

“With the support of other security agencies, calm was restored at the INEC State Headquarters.

“How the operation that restored peace at the INEC Office has infuriated the Social Democratic Party is what we don’t understand. The protesters who blocked the road and were burning tires to scare people were all wearing the fez caps of the Social Democratic Party,” the Kogi police spokesperson said in the statement.

The statement added the Kogi State Commissioner of Police has “unbiasedly’ directed a full investigation into the allegation raised by the SDP spokesperson with a view to ensure that a final knell is placed on attempts by politicians to drag the Police Force into partisan disagreements.

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