CLO condemns call for mass transfer of Police Commissioners from South-East

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 17th, 2014

The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, has faulted calls for the transfer of serving police commissioners of Northern extraction from the South-East.

The Igbo Leaders of Thought, who made the demand earlier in the week, accused the commissioners of police in the zone of shielding the Boko Haram suspects.

However, in a press statement made available to DailyPost on Thursday by the CLO Coordinator in the South-East, Olu Omotayo, he said “It should be noted that by virtue of the provisions of the constitution the organization and administration of the Police Force shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Police Act which is the Act of the National Assembly governing the Nigeria Police Force.

“The provisions clearly state that the organization and administration of the Police Force shall be in accordance with the law.

“The call by an organization for the removal of Commissioners of Police in the five southeast states is not only unconstitutional but also unhealthy in a Federal system of government. The practice over the years is to see an Ibo man or Yoruba man heading Police commands in the North while the northerners head police commands in the Southeast or Southwest”.

“The only reason put forward by the organization canvassing for the removal of these Commissioners of Police are that they are of Hausa/Fulani extraction. It is our strong belief that for this nation to move forward we should eschew tribalism and advocate for true federalism and equality of all Nigerians before the law.

“We have been enjoying peace and security in the South-East based on the effective operation of the Police in the southeast. This type of demand is like turning the hand of development and provision of adequate security anti-clockwise. Unless the proponents of this ideology want to create a state of insecurity in the southeast, the call made by them is a threat to the peaceful coexistence of the citizens of this country viz a vis their peaceful relationship with the Police and the security agencies.

“We should all advocate for reforms in the police to bring the Police Force to the standard obtainable in the developed societies but not this type of reform on ethnic or tribal ground”, the statement added.

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