A foremost pressure group, Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has urged the Police Service Commission to open an investigation into the activities of policemen in Akwa Ibom state who took part in the just concluded elections and called for the immediate redeployment of the police commissioner in the State, CP Kaoje Ibrahim.
The group accused the CP of compromising police affairs and structures in the state with a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Udom Ekpudom, and junior officers during the just concluded elections in the State.
In an open letter to the police service commission, signed by the group leader, Prince Emmanuel Sam, AILM accused CP Ibrahim of partiality and partisanship.
The statement reads in part: “the Akwa Ibom CP has not shown courage, independence and strength expected of an officer of that professional height. Since he got his posting to Akwa Ibom State, CP Ibrahim has shown that he has subjected himself to external influence, particularly to DIG Udom Ekpudom (rtd), who has become the de facto Police Commissioner.”
The statement says following some allegations against the CP, that it therefore means the CP does not have the capacity to provide compact security to State and must be immediately redeployed.
“The commissioner has been so partial in his dealings against the standard practice of the force. Few days to the elections, the General public were alerted of the planned movement of some APC thugs from Edo State into Akwa Ibom. Few hours after the alert, youths from the border community of Obot Akara, arrested 15 loaded buses with thugs who confessed they were heading to Uyo for burial of an unknown person.
“Barely 24 hours after the same thugs were arrested and handed over to the police in Uyo, they were released on the orders of the CP who was said to have directed the command PPRO, Odiko MacDon to issue a statement claiming that the thugs caught were in the State to attend APC youth rally, whereas the APC had issued a press release denying knowledge of such people.
“It is sad to disclose that there has been reported increase in house-to-house robbery in the State. This cannot be divorced from the huge infiltration of the State by those suspected thugs and importation of arms during the election.”
“Akwa Ibom people cannot work with a commissioner of police who is known for partiality, therefore, we demand for his redeployment,” the group added.