Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the newly-appointed Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, to be professional in the dispensation of his duties and shun partisanship.
The party said partisanship had compromised key national institutions of state, especially the police.
National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed advised the Acting IGP to learn from the fate that befell his predecessors who, under their watch, allegedly turned the police into the enforcement arm of the ruling party, thus allowing the institution to be wantonly used to thwart the will of the people and act in ways that negated its constitutional mandate of maintaining law and order.
Arase was appointed earlier this week after Suleiman Abba was relieved of his duties for reasons not yet in the public domain.
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“Irrespective of the reasons for his appointment as the Acting IGP at this time, Arase must realize that he will be judged solely by the direction to which he takes the police, which is one of the most abused national institutions by those who have been at the helms of the nation’s affairs since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999,” said Mohammed.
“We do not know the reason for the sack of the immediate past IGP, but we have read, just like other Nigerians, that it might not be unconnected with the role he either played or did not play in the last general elections. What we do know is that the police force under the former IG was a major actor in the massive rigging and violence that characterized the elections in some parts of the country, especially in Rivers ,Akwa Ibom Sokoto and Gombe states just to mention a few.”
APC has previously accused police of violations against its leaders and supporters in some states, particularly ahead of the March 28/29 elections its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won.
- CAJ News