Election: Group demands investigation into police activities, removal of A’Ibom CP

A foremost pressure group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has urged the Police Service Commission to open investigation into the activities of policemen in Akwa Ibom State who took part in the just concluded elections and called for the immediate redeployment of the police commissioner in the State, CP Kaoje Ibrahim.
The group accused the CP of compromising police affairs and structures in the state with a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Udom Ekpudom, and junior officers close to Senator Godswill Akpabio during the just concluded elections in the State.
In an open letter to the police service commission signed by the group leader Prince Emmanuel Sam, AILM accused CP Ibrahim of partiality, incompetence, ineptitude and partisanship.
“It can be recalled that as soon as the Police Commissioner was posted to the State, his first port of call was Ibom Hotels where he alleged lodged and had series of meetings with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State on how to support the party during elections after which the CP began to implement APC biddings in the State.”
The statement reads in part: “the Akwa Ibom CP has not shown courage, independence and strength expected of an officer of that professional height. Since he got his posting to Akwa Ibom State, CP Ibrahim has shown that he has subjected himself to external influence particularly to DIG Udom Ekpudom (rtd), who has become the de facto Police Commissioner, and now dishes out orders to the commissioner and other officers within the command.”
The group expressed shock over a comment by the CP who reportedly told INEC that the police cannot guarantee safety of the INEC staff when his services were sought for the announcement of election result for Essien Udim Local Government Area during the presidential election.
The statement says if the police under CP Ibrahim confessed that it cannot guarantee security for a few staff of INEC, it therefore means the CP does not have the capacity to provide compact security to State and must be immediately redeployed.
“The commissioner has been so partial in his dealings against the standard practice of the force. Few days to the elections, the General public were alerted of the planned movement of some APC thugs from Edo State into Akwa Ibom. Few hours after the alert, youths from the border community of Obot Akara, arrested 15 loaded buses with thugs who confessed they were heading to Uyo for burial of an unknown person.
“Barely 24 hours after the same thugs were arrested and handed over to the police in Uyo, they were released on the orders of the CP who was said to have directed the command PPRO, Odiko MacDon to issue a statement claiming that the thugs caught were in the State to attend APC youth rally, whereas the APC had issued a press release denying knowledge of such people.
“It therefore means that the CP is more APC than some of the APC leaders in the State. It is sad to disclose that there have been reported increase in house-to-house robbery in the State. This can not be divorced from the huge infiltration of the State by those suspected thugs and importation of arms during the election.”

“The height of the CP’s ineptitude was when he told the INEC REC that the police cannot guarantee safety of INEC staff in Essien Udim for the announcement of the results of the presidential election in the local government area”.
“During the just concluded elections, the OC Anti Robbery, Idorenyin Akpabio, cousin to Senator Akpabio, went haywire, giving protection to APC thugs who intimidated and harassed innocent citizens of the State. The police force has been so disorganized that Idorenyin Akpabio was becoming a terror onto his colleagues and the Akwa Ibom people who still had confidence in the force”, the statement emphasized.
“Akwa Ibom people cannot work with a commissioner of police who is known for partiality and ineptitude. By all sense of good judgment, the commissioner is not competent enough to provide the necessary security architecture that will forestall crimes in the state, therefore, we demand for his redeployment”, the group added.

Read letter bellow!
AKWA IBOM LIBERATION MOVEMENT

The Board Chairman,
Police Service Commission,
Abuja.

SOS: REDEPLOY AKWA IBOM STATE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE

It is with deep sense of commitment that we write to intimate you on the happenings within Akwa Ibom State which by all standard warrant the redeployment of the Police Commissioner, Kaoje Ibrahim .
It can be recalled that as soon as the Police Commissioner was posted into the state, his first port of call was Ibom Hotels where he lodged and had series of meetings with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akwa Ibom State on how to support the party during elections after which the CP began to implement APC biddings in the state.
The Akwa Ibom CP has not shown courage, independence and strength expected of an officer of that professional height. Since he got his posting to Akwa Ibom State, CP Ibrahim has shown that he has subjected himself to external influence particularly to DIG Udom Ekpudom (rtd), who has become the de facto Police Commissioner, and now dishes out orders to the officers within the command.
During the just concluded elections, the OC Anti Robbery Idorenyin Akpabio, cousin to Senator Akpabio, went haywire, gave protection to APC thugs who intimidated and harassed innocent citizens of the State. The police force has been so disorganized that Idorenyin Akpabio was becoming a terror onto his colleagues and the Akwa Ibom people who still had confidence in the force.
The commissioner has been so partial in his dealings against the standard practice of the force. Few days to the elections, the General public were alerted of the planned movement of some APC thugs from Edo State into Akwa Ibom. Few hours after the alert, youths from the border community of Obot Akara, arrested fifteen loaded buses with thugs who confessed they were heading to Uyo for burial of an unknown person.
Barely 24 hours after the thugs were arrested and handed over to the police in Uyo, they were released on the orders of the CP who was said to have directed the command PPRO, Odiko MacDon to issue a statement claiming that the thugs caught were in the State to attend APC youth rally, whereas the APC had issued a press release denying knowledge of such people.
This suggests that the CP is more APC than some of the APC leaders in the State. It is sad to disclose that there have been reported increase in house-to-house robbery in the State. This can not be divorced from the huge infiltration of the State by those suspected thugs and importation of arms during the election.
The height of the CP’s ineptitude was when he told the INEC REC that the police cannot guarantee safety of INEC staff in Essien Udim for the announcement of the results of the presidential election in the local government area.
Akwa Ibom people cannot work with a commissioner of police who is known for partiality and ineptitude. By all sense of good judgment, the commissioner is not professional enough to provide the necessary security architecture that will forestall crimes in the State. On the strength of this, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement demands his redeployment.

Prince Emmanuel Sam
Leader of the Movement

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