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APC demands probe into police violence in Ekiti

13 June 2014, 11:29

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the police to immediately investigate the violence allegedly unleashed by armed policemen on members of the party during a peaceful procession in Ado, Ekiti last Sunday.

In a statement issued in Abuja by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also demanded that the killer of one of the peaceful marchers be identified and brought to justice.

The party said investigating the violence and punishing those responsible would send a clear signal to other trigger-happy and partisan police personnel.

“It will also go a long way in reducing the tension that has been heightened in the state by the senseless police action, ahead of the June 21st governorship election in the state,” APC stated.
The opposition party warned that failure to unravel the cause of the alleged irresponsible, unprofessional, shocking and premeditated action by the police might send the wrong signal to the people that those paid to protect them would not do so and in fact would not hesitate to turn their weapons against the people.

“When the people lose confidence in police or other security agencies because of the unpunished actions of a few hooligans in uniform, the society risks descending into anarchy,” said PDP.
The party said the police must be neutral, professional and above board in the discharge of their duties, especially ahead of the two key elections this year and the general elections next year.

 “The police should not play politics with their profession. They should not support one party against the other, even when induced to do so. The moment the police descend into the arena of politics, as they have done in Ekiti, they lose the authority to carry out their professional duties."

The party appealed to its members and supporters in Ekiti to remain calm, despite the alleged provocations and ensure that the forthcoming election was conducted in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.

- CAJ News

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