Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar
By Yemi Akinsuyi
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar has dismissed as unfounded the allegations by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State in which he accused the police of shielding the killers of his murdered private secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde.
The IG stated that he would fully respond to the governor's allegation "at the appropriate time and in due course."
Oshiomhole had on Thursday, during the launching of a new code of conduct for the Nigeria Police accused the Deputy Inspector-General, Force CID, Peter Gana and other officers of bungling the investigation into Oyerinde's murder, adding that the police had a hand in the gruesome murder of his former principal secretary.
Oshiomhole said he remained aggrieved over the shoddy handling of the case by the police, and praised the State Security Service for arresting those he said he believed are the actual suspects.
"IG, you know that I am aggrieved; I am aggrieved over the murder of my Private Secretary and the way in which it was trivialised. The DIG Force CID has a case to answer; it is either he is guilty of conspiracy to murder or is guilty of conspiracy to shield murderers or both in which case he cannot wear his police uniform, he must be dismissed," the governor had said.
But when asked to respond to Oshiomhole's allegation and demand on Friday, Abubakar dismissed the accusations as baseless and unfounded, but said the police would respond to the issues at the appropriate time.
He said, "In the first place, this case is in court and it may be sub judice if I comment on it, but we are going to reply that comment at the appropriate time and soonest because he (Oshiomhole) made allegations that are unfounded."
Speaking shortly after meeting with senior police officers on the new Police Code of Conduct, the IG said the meeting was called to have a detailed assessment of the code, which he said would form the basis of police operations and conduct while on duty.
He directed the senior officers organise seminars for their subordinates from the divisional level to the zonal level, adding that every officer must abide by the code.
Abubakar called on Nigerians to observe Police conduct and report any officer that fails to adhere to the code.
"We expect members of the public to assist the police in respect of the code. Police conduct can be reported at the divisional stations, state and zonal commands or the Force headquarters, but the complaints or observations should be genuine and fair to the officers. We as officers of this noble profession have committed to abide by this code, members of the public should take note of any serious shortcoming and report it," he said.