The Nigerian Army says its role in Bayelsa governorship election was to maintain a peaceful and violence-free atmosphere during the polls, dismissing allegations of partisanship.
It was an attempt to clear the air over the allegation that came up after the election that was declared inconclusive by the electoral body.
Brigadier General Stephenson Olabanji, told reporters on Sunday that military officials had focused on ‘Operation Safe Conduct’.
He was the commander, 2 Brigade, Bori-camp, in Port Harcourt and Head of the Unit that supervised the Bayelsa December 5 and 6 governorship election.
The military commander further told reporters that nine suspected thugs were arrested in relation to the violence that broke out and recovery of arms and ammunition.
The recovered arms and ammunition were shown to the reporters and the Brigadier General Olabanji said the arrested suspects had been handed over to officials of the Nigerian Police Force.
When the reporters met with the state Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, he told them that the suspects had been moved to Abuja for further interrogation.
With the suspects already in police custody, the head of ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ said his officers were committed to supporting the civil police and other security agencies in providing a safe and secure environment whenever the concluding election is rescheduled.
He also called on residents of Bayelsa State to be wary of armed men who might be dressed in the uniform of the security agencies but without proper identification.
The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has deployed Mr Adekunle Oladunjoye to Plateau State, as the new Commissioner of Police in the State.
Mr Oladunjoye’s deployment to Plateau State was announced on Friday following the redeployment of Nasiru Oki to Bayelsa State.
Until his appointment, Adekunle Oladunjoye was the Deputy Force Secretary, Force headquarters, Abuja.
He joined the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1984.
Mr Oladunjoye, who hailed from Ondo State, had served in various capacities and State Command, as a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
He is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with a bachelor of science degree in Education/Economics. He graduated in 1983.
Following the dissolution of the Plateau Local Government Council (LGC) Executives by the state governor, Simon Lalong, the sacked Chairmen have been directed to hand over to directors of personnel in the various Local Government Councils.
The affected officers have been contesting the termination of their tenure which is just half way.
Since the dissolution of the elected Chairmen and Councillors in 15 of the 17 Local Government Areas (LGA) in the state, activities in the various councils have been disrupted and non-functional with the decision attracting protests and rally to the state House of Assembly and the Police Command, to express their disagreement on the issue.
After securing an order from Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Jos, the Plateau State capital, for stay of execution on the governor not to dissolve the local government officials, the Association of Local Government Of Nigeria (ALGON), Plateau State Chapter, also visited the Police Commissioner, Nasiru Oki, to express their concern on the matter.
Reports says that the controversy still raging the House of Assembly had a rowdy session when the issue of Caretaker Committee for the councils were opposed by some members.
The governor however insisted that the LG Chairmen, as well as the Councillors remain dissolved according to the laws guiding LG in the state.
Though the Chairmen were prevented from entering their offices, the Police Commissioner in the state denied passing such instructions to the Divisional Police officers (DPO).
The Plateau State Police Command has made several arrests of suspects on various crimes committed across the state through its Crime and Investigation Department.
The suspects were apprehended through intensive patrolling, raiding of criminal hideouts as well as visibility policing in the Command’s charge to curb criminal activities in Plateau State, north-central Nigeria.
The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Oki, gave the update on Saturday while briefing reporters on the Command’s achievements in the last few months.
Among the arrested suspects were a father that cut off the finger of his nine year old daughter for stealing 1, 500 Naira and a member of a gang of motorcyclists specialised in attacking police personnel and traffic wardens, in spite of the ban on commercial motorcycle operation in the state.
However, the police chief emphasised that efforts were been made to bring lasting peace between the embattled Beroms and the Fulani.
He also noted that the command needed more personnel and equipment to combat crime as well as curtail activities of marauders attacking villagers.
As investigations into some of the criminal activities continue, the hitch in prosecuting the suspects hinges on the ongoing strike embarked on by members of the judicial workers union in the state.
This had denied the prosecution of the suspects to ascertain if they were guilty or innocent of the charges against them.