Six police officers detained over burning of Ebonyi INEC office

By Editor on 16/03/2019

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Ebonyi State police Command has confirmed the arrest and detention of six policemen on duty during the attack on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Registration Area Center (RAC), at Umoghara, in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi state on March 8, 2019.

Confirming the report, Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Odah, said the six police officers were stationed to escort and protect the election materials and were expectated to call for reinforcement incase of any eventuality.
She said that having failed to protect the election materials, they were arrested and were subjected to orderly room trial and if found guilty, they would face their punishment which may include dismissal from the force.

Odah noted that the six policemen were deployed to the three affected wards that were reportedly attacked by political thugs in the area.

“Two mobile policemen were posted to each of the wards that were attacked. We didn’t post them there because we know such attack would come or for them to counter the attack, but because they needed to be closer, while call on tactical unit once there is any eventuality.

“But we were surprised that the invaders
came and got all the materials and the building burnt unchallenged. Just like I use to tell you everyday that police cannot sweep public complaints under the carpet, we don’t tolerate indiscipline of our personnel and as we checkmate the public, we also checkmate our colleagues.

“So the commissioner of police ordered for their arrest. They have been under investigation to ascertain whether their claims were true.

“The most senior among them said that as soon as those thugs arrived, they switched off the generator and everywhere became dark to the extent that someone could not see the rare end. So seen the light go off they knew there was problem. But the problem was where do you shoot from because any careless shooting could lead to the loss of innocent citizens they were meant to protect. He stated that that idea made them not to act at all.

“But that was not enough, you know we are not believing any story told by anybody to defend himself because it might be to prevent themselves from being punished. That is why they have been subjected to our internal investigation to enable us ascertain if actually what they were saying is true. But for now investigation is still on.

”The six of them were posted to the three wards that the incident happened. We are waiting for INEC officials who were posted to come and give their own statement because it will be a vital information in the investigation and it will help us to ascertain if what the police officers said is true.

“Our findings will be made known to the public because they are waiting to hear from us”, she stated.


Posted 16/03/2019 10:55:39 PM


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