The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has alleged that the redeployment of 37 Commissioners of Police for the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, ahead of the 2019 elections was aimed at favouring the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Police Service Commission announced the redeployment of the officers on Wednesday, 6 February, nine days to Nigeria’s presidential election.
Chairman of the police commission Musiliu Smith asked the redeployed Commissioners of Police to proceed immediately to their new commands ahead of the polls.
But Imo Ugochinyere, the spokesman for the coalition of opposition parties in Nigeria, alleged on Wednesday that the police commission had asked some APC bigwigs to name the commissioners, area commanders, divisional police officers, SARS commanders, Rapid Response Squad Commanders and MOPOL Commanders they wanted in their states.
“The manipulation includes asking selected and designated leaders of the APC to choose the officers that will work with them. Unfortunately, the acting Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu) has succumbed to their ploy and is now taking instructions from a political party on police postings,” he claimed in a statement.
“The Presidency has deliberately kept him in an acting capacity to use his confirmation as a bait to get him to do their bidding. He is now completely at their beck and call and their usual line to him are, ‘we will talk to the President about your confirmation, that you really helped us.’
“The entire security architecture of the elections has been put in grave danger and the people given the responsibility to provide security for lives and property are the same set of people jeopardising the security of the country.”
He added that this move was an invitation to a bloody electoral crisis and demanded a reversal of the postings.
According to the police commission, Mu’azu Zubairu officially takes over from Imohimi Edgal as the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, while Kayode Egbetokun, who has acted as Commissioner of Police in Lagos, has been appointed as the Commissioner of Police in Kwara state.
Egbetokun had worked with chieftain of the ruling APC Bola Tinubu as chief security officer before he became the commandant of Police Training School, Ikeja, Lagos.
“The APC wants to post Egbetokun to Kwara to ensure that votes do not count in the state and that Senator Bukola Saraki and the PDP must not win in Kwara even if the people vote for them,” Ugochinyere said.
“Where all the manipulated postings are not reversed, our resolution is that the Nigerian opposition will not be at the peace accord signing to validate and grant legitimacy to the grand violence module and rigging design of the APC.”