The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has explained that the posting of Kayode Egbetokun, a former chief security officer to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, to Kwara State as Commissioner of Police was only based on merit.
Adamu stated this at a one-day summit organised by the Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy in Abuja on Thursday.
Represented at the event by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mogaji Ismaila of the FCT Police Command, the acting IG said the outcry that greeted the posting of Egbetokun was unnecessary because the exercise had no political undertone.
He said, “May I appeal to the journalists and the politicians not to drag us into political issues. Posting of commissioners of police is purely the responsibility of the IG in conjunction with the Police Service Commission.
“This recent posting came as a result of the retirement of some commissioners of police and the elevation of some CPs to the rank of assistant inspectors-general of police, and even to the position of deputy inspectors-general of police.
“You don’t expect the IG to leave states whose commissioners of police were promoted to AIGs and DIGs vacant. Definitely, there is going to be movement and as far as we are concerned, the IGP used experience, competence and other qualities in posting those police officers to the affected states.
“The postings by the IGP have no political undertone and he has no ulterior motive in carrying out the exercise. He carried out the exercise purely for effective service delivery.
“On the issue of a former CSO to a former governor, the man carried out that task as a junior officer. Now that he has risen to the position of CP, are you saying that he should not be posted?
“The IG is free to post him to any state where he feels he could deliver. His posting is based on his track records, devoid of any political undertone and the criticisms about it are unnecessary.”
The acting IG promised that the police would play a neutral role throughout the electoral process.
“It is not true that majority of the newly posted CPs are northerners. Our postings are purely on merit and based on competence,” he added.