Election 2019: Group demands removal of Akwa Ibom police commissioner

Election 2019: Group demands removal of Akwa Ibom police commissioner

- The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has called for the removal of the Akwa Ibom state police commissioner

- The group also caled for an investigation into the activities of policemen in the state during the just concluded elections

- The group accused CP Kaoje Ibrahim of compromising police affairs and structures in the state

The Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has urged the Police Service Commission (PSC) to open investigation into the activities of policemen in the state who took part in the just concluded elections and called for the immediate redeployment of the police commissioner, 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 PSC signed by its leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam, AILM accused CP Ibrahim of partiality, incompetence, ineptitude and partisanship.

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Prince Sam said: “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 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 bidding 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 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 group said if CP Ibrahim confessed that he 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.

Part of the letter read: “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.

“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.”

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Just recently, the AILM described the accusations against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state by the APC as baseless and misleading.

The group said contrary to the APC's stance, due process was followed by INEC throughout the electoral exercise.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, March 11, Prince Sam, stated that, “contrary to the baseless allegations made by the APC, due process was followed by INEC and results of the governorship/house of assembly were duly collated at polling units, figures announced and relevant party agents signed before moving to Local government collation centres for onward submission at the headquarters.”

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