PDP warns police against engaging in partisan politics in Akwa Ibom
The Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Akwa Ibom state, has advised the newly posted commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Hyelasinda Musa to be wary of any form of affinity with any political party in the state, reminding him of his constitutional responsibilities to protect lives and property.
The State Publicity Secretary, Ini Ememobong who stated this in a press statement tagged, “mixing security with politics: The sure highway to crises,” said police should never become the security arm of any political party.
According to the statement, “We hereby advice the new Commissioner of Police to know that the police should never become the security arm of a political party, it should remain the protector of the citizens and residents of the country.”
On the circumstances behind the sudden change of the former Commissioner of Police, Cp John Abang, the PDP spokesperson said, “News footage of the complaints by the National Chairman of the APC Comrade Adams Oshiomhole against the recently posted Commissioner of Police to Akwa Ibom, CP J. Abang hit the airwaves yesterday.
“We learnt that consequent to that ill-informed outburst, the redeployment of the CP was announced and the posting of another Commissioner effected.
“The former CP was accused by the APC chairman of aiding and abetting the PDP, but Comrade Oshiomhole, from the footage available, is obviously ignorant of the existing court order contained in the judgement delivered in a suit where the Speaker of the House of Assembly was a respondent, or may not be aware of the self activating capacity of section 109(1) and )(2) which are the foundation upon which the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly acted to declare vacant the seats of the erring lawmakers.
“We hereby advice the new Commissioner of Police to know that the judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo is extant and must be obeyed, alongside the constitutional provision applicable in the circumstance.”
Ememobong disclosed that the newly posted Commissioner of Police was alledgely mandated to ensure either the reinstatement of the APC sacked lawmakers or shut down the Assembly and prevent her from having sittings.
“We learnt the new CP is under strict instructions to aid the APC to either return the sacked lawmakers to the Assembly or shut down the Assembly and prevent them from holding their settings,” he said.