The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Hafiz Ringim, to call his men to order in Kwara state, where it says the police are being used by the state government to instigate violence and harass innocent ACN members during and after the Oct. 30th council polls in the state.
In a statement in Abuja, National Publicity Secretary of the pa rty, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also warned the state government to desist from its current tactics of deliberately fomenting trouble in Offa local government to brighten its poor electoral chances in the area, ahead of a possible re-run council poll there.
The ACN said the current mass arrest and arraignment of its members in Offa, in the aftermath of the Oct. 30th local government poll, by the PDP using the machinery of the Kwara government, and the connivance of the police, has already created tension and panic in the area.
“It is common knowledge that widespread rigging and violence were perpetrated by PDP thugs, led by the police, during the local government election across Kwara. In the process, lives were lost. But our people in Offa resisted them.
“The election was subsequently cancelled and an inquiry set up, and our people rightly fingered PDP thugs and the police as being behind the ballot-snatching and mayhem. On Thursday, they (ACN members) were invited to Ilorin ostensibly to meet with the Commissioner of Police. But instead, they were arrested, arraigned in court and detained. The PDP thugs who perpetrated the violence and attacked our members were not even invited for questioning!