The Nigeria Police Force has said that the statement by Senator Bukola Saraki over the recent political happenings in Kwara State and deployment of its top officer in the state is ‘incorrect, misleading and false’ and should be disregarded and discountenanced by the general Public.
The Police, in a statement by Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, denied giving protection to any political thug or shield any All Progressives Congress (APC) thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three (3) people as claimed by Saraki.
The Senate President has in a statement on Thursday accused the Inspector General of Police of complicity in the act, saying “the Police under the directive of Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Kpotum Idris Thursday commenced the transfer of Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) out of Kwara State. While the police are free to take decisions on the deployment of their personnel, we found the postings in Kwara State strange and more than a mere coincidence.”
The Force, in the statement said it has “no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State or to jeopardize or undermine his personal security and that of his immediate and larger family.”
It said it will continue to be apolitical and will ensure adequate security throughout the Country for all political parties, their members and supporters before, during and after the 2019 General Election.
The Police further stated that all the Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this or anybody over the purported political attacks on January 10, 2019.
“The Police did not receive any complaint or report of gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President in other areas he mentioned such as Adewole/Adeta, Ile-Otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata. For avoidance of doubt, there was no complaint reported at any Police division within Ilorin metropolis or any other Police Division on the 10th January, 2019 to today 11th January 2019 of any attack, wounding, shooting and destruction of any property by any individual(s) or any political party on their members. However, Security within Ilorin metropolis and other locations in Kwara State has beefed-up to ensure security of all Nigerians living in the State.”
The Police statement said the Force was reacting to the Senate President statement so as to put the records straight.
“It is incumbent on the Force to set the record straight and correct the wrong impressions that must have been created in the minds of the general public and the international community from the misinformation and misleading account from the Senate President. The Inspector General of Police did not try any trick to implicate the Senate President in some criminal charges; the facts are in the public domain about the suspects of the Offa Bank Robbery now being prosecuted who implicated the Senate President in the matter,” the Force statement said.