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Panic in PDP over plan to remove Police ordelies

By Henry Umoru

ABbuja—Facts  emerged yesterday that the National Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are disillusioned and disturbed over the large number of Policemen attached to them that may go following directives by the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo, that all Policemen serving as orderlies to unqualified persons should report back to their stations.

It would be recalled that the Inspector General of Police had last week given the matching order to the over 100,000 policemen attached to individuals that were not on the list of office holders entitled to police orderlies to report back to their stations for retraining and reposting.

He warned that failure to adhere to the order would amount to demotion, dismissal from the force and their names being expunged from the Police records.

It was gathered yesterday that Onovo’s order has caused panic among the dozens of regular and anti-riot policemen attached to the National Working Committee (NWC) members.

The source said further that when they brought their complaints to the notices of their principals, they were asked to wait until they get clarifications from the National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who only arrived the country yesterday. But yesterday, the National Chairman of the party could not be confronted with the issue by the NWC members.

According to the source, when Ogbulafor was in America for the one week vacation, the disturbed NWC members made several frantic telephone calls to him to get his comments on the matter and the National Chairman was said to have told the worried NWC members that there was little or nothing he could do since he was out of the country, but promised to reach the appropriate authorities when he returns.

The source said further that most of the NWC members instructed their police orderlies to replace their official uniforms with mufti aimed at concealing their identities pending when the National Chairman obtains the IGP permit for them to officially keep their orderlies.

“There is tension here since Inspector General (of Police) told the policemen to go back to their stations.  Apart from  the policemen detailed to guard the national secretariat all the other ones are supposed to go for re-posting and that will expose our national officers to unnecessary risk especially this era of kidnapping and hostage taking”, the source said.

The Source noted that members of the NWC were disturbed against the backdrop that as members of the ruling party if they flout the order by influencing the IGP to treat their cases as special, they may be seen to be bringing to the dustbin President Umaru Yar’Adua’s rule of law posture.

Besides members of the NWC, almost all the national, zonal, state and local government officers of the party have police orderlies attached to them.


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