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Bayelsa: Controversy trails frequent transfer of police commissioners

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Insp. General of Police, Idris Ibrahim


By Victor Edighomor

A new controversy was yesterday triggered in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital over the recent transfer of the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan. 

The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan was transferred to the Lagos Airport as Commissioner while Mr. Aminu Pai Saleh was deployed to take over. 

According to a statement from the spokesman to the Bayelsa Police Command, the new commissioners took over on the 17th December, 2018.

But a peace advocacy group known as Change Advocates of Nigeria faulted the decision of the Police High Command to change the State of Commissioner of Police, accusing the Chief Police Officer at the Presidency, Mr Abdkareem Dauda of alleged complicity in the alleged arbitrary change of Commissioners of Police in Bayelsa state.

According to the group, the incessant deployement of Police Commissioners to the State is part of alleged conspiracy to see to the ouster of President Buhari from power in 2019.

According to the group, it is surprising that despite the initial reaction of Governor Seriake Dickson to the incessant deployment, “his unusual silence showed that he has influence the removal of Joseph Mukan and deployment of Sale. “

The group, In a statement issued yesterday by the group,President Mr James Osahon and Secretary Mamman Yakubu, “it is disturbing that Mr Dauda,whose close relationship with Gov. Dickson is known would be allowed to influence with deployment of policemen to states. “

 The statement read ‘We are well aware that Abdkareem Dauda is Governor Dickson’s ally and hand at the villa, with promptings from Dickson, especially with financial motivations, of course, Mr Dauda has effected the change of Several CP’s in Bayelsa state. He has done this, with a huge level of success obviously, by lying to the unsuspecting IG of police that Mr President had ordered a change of Guard at the police installation in Bayelsa state'”

“‘We know Mr President to be a man of high moral standings and so remains at sharp contrast to Mr Dauda’s cynicism. The Buhari we know is too polished, humane and focused to join in the trivial act of changing 8 commissioners of police in 2 months'”

The group accused the embattled police Chief of deliberately compromizing Buhari’s 2019 elections, especially in Bayelsa by working secretly for the opposition. ‘Governor Dickson has invested in violence in Bayelsa state so his characteristic nefarious activities during elections can have that platform of violence to thrive which is obvious to all. We are aware Dickson through Mr Dauda has been shopping, for months now, for a CP that would compromize the electoral process in Bayelsa State in favour of the PDP and Atiku Abubakar.

‘Mr Dauda’s collusion with Dickson over the months has already yielded devastating consequences especially in the wanton loss of lives and the astronomical rise in crime rate in Bayelsa state, we urge him to face his profession and stop transacting, illegally, with Dickson, Atiku and the PDP in Bayelsa state lest we will accelerate justice on him’ The group warned.

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