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Stop ‘Frivolous’ Claims Of Planned Attack, Kogi Police Command Urges SDP

The Muritala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organisation accused Governor Yahaya Bello of recruiting the police commissioner to intimidate supporters.


COMBO: The SDP logo and the Nigeria Police Force crest

 

The Kogi State Police Command has refuted claims of an attack on supporters of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka, as “fake, incendiary, perfidious, malicious and misleading”.

The Muritala Yakubu Ajaka Campaign Organisation had accused Governor Yahaya Bello of plans to attack supporters of the SDP in the Kogi Local Government Area (LGA) of the state amid the kickoff of campaigns for the November 11 Kogi State governorship election.

Adejoh-Audu alleged that the governor, faced with mass rejection leading to a gale of defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, allegedly recruited the police commissioner to unleash a campaign of intimidation on Ajaka’s supporters.

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But the Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, in a statement written on behalf of the Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, declared “emphatically” and “categorically” that the statement was a figment of the imagination of Faruk Adejoh-Audu and his political candidate Yakubu Ajaka.

The police spokesman argued that the CP since assuming office one month ago had demonstrated a “high level of professionalism by providing a level playing ground for all Political Parties and their Candidates to operate in the State” and that his principal should not be dragged into politics.

“The SDP Candidate and his Campaign Organization should leave the Police alone and focus on issues-based Campaigns and soliciting for support from the electorate instead of resorting to cheap blackmail, bullying and arm-twisting for Political sympathy from the public who already know their tricks, gimmicks and antecedents,” the statement read.

“The entire narrative to injure, assassinate and malign the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Commissioner of Police is the height of insensitivity, callousness, self-serving and emblematic of desperation, vindictiveness, a Propensity for destructiveness and to salivate the insidious and vaulting Political ambition of a psychopath.”

See the full statement below:

Kogi Police Command

Kogi Gov Poll: SDP Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plan To Attack Supporters

KOGI STATE POLICE COMMAND PRESS RELEASE 3RD SEPTEMBER, 2023

DISREGARD FAKE, INCENDIARY, PERFIDIOUS AND MALICIOUS ALLEGATIONS ON THE PURPORTED PLANNED ATTACK ON AJAKA SUPPORTERS IN KOGI LGA, AS POLICE IS IRREVOCABLY COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A LEVEL-PLAYING GROUND FOR ALL POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE STATE

The attention of the Kogi State Police Command has been drawn to a fake, incendiary, perfidious, malicious and misleading allegations making the rounds by one Faruk Adejoh-Audu, Director Communications Murtala Yakubu Ajaka Gubernatorial Campaign Organization to the effect that, the Commissioner of Police Bethrand Onuoha plans attack on Ajaka Supporters in Kogi LGA.

2. The Command wishes to emphatically and categorically state that, the statement is not only the figment of the imagination of Faruk Adejoh-Audu and his Political Candidate Yakubu Ajaka who has mastered the art of Political gimmickry and brigandage, but totally false, malicious, pretentious, and highly mischievous. The Commissioner of Police who upon assumption of duty one month ago has so far demonstrated a high level of professionalism by providing a level playing ground for all Political Parties and their Candidates to operate in the State should not be dragged into Politics.

3. The SDP Candidate and his Campaign Organization should leave the Police alone and focus on issues-based Campaigns and soliciting for support from the electorate instead of resorting to cheap blackmail, bullying and arm-twisting for Political sympathy from the public who already know their tricks, gimmicks and antecedents. The entire narrative to injure, assassinate and malign the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Commissioner of Police is the height of insensitivity, callousness, self-serving and emblematic of desperation, vindictiveness, a Propensity for destructiveness and to salivate the insidious and vaulting Political ambition of a psychopath.

4. It would be recalled that, on 3rd June, 2023 along Abuja-Lokoja road, the SDP Candidate Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his supporters blocked and attacked the Convoy of the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello at Banda some kilometers away from Lokoja. During the attack, some of the Governor’s aides sustained varying degrees of injuries. All efforts, invitations and entreaties to come and give his own side of the incident has come to nought. Yet he has been moving around the nooks and crannies of the State without any molestation even when he has no immunity. The case is still under Investigation.

5. In a democracy, freedom of expression is a right, but it must be accompanied by responsibility, not to hide under it’s guise to spin out lies, falsehood, innuendos and sensationalism. It shows the writer and his sponsors have no decorum, decency, intellect, and are oblivious of the legal consequences of deformation and assassination of character.

6. The Commissioner of Police hereby appeals to Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his Campaign Organization to leave him alone, stop all the negative write-ups and frivolous allegations aimed at under-mining the spirited crime-fighting efforts of the Police in Kogi State and whipping up sentiment against them and heating up the State for no just cause.

7. And to the good and peace loving, highly enlightened, Politically sophisticated citizens of Kogi State, the Commissioner of Police urges you all to disregard and discountenance such mischievous and malicious information, and to be wary of being hoodwinked by Merchants of violence, but instead gravitate towards issues that unite the State rather than those that divide you, please.

SP WILLIAM OVYE AYA,
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
KOGI STATE POLICE COMMAND