Police Ask Senate President, Dino Milaye Others To Report To IGP Intelligent Unit Over What It Described As ‘Disturbing Public Peace’’
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Yesterday in Abuja staged a protest against what it described as the alleged roles of the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police in the Osun state Governorship election last month.
The protest was led by the party chairman, Uche Secondus, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other presidential Aspirants demanding an immediate declaration of its party’s candidate, Nurudeen, Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun elections.
The first point of call was the INEC Headquarter where all went successfully but as they began to march toward the police headquarters trouble ensued!
Specifically, the protesters got to the front gate of the Police headquarters and were about moving in when suddenly, the atmosphere became laden with a thick smoke and gunshots fired by the policemen.
As many scampered to safety, Secondus and party leaders mobilized members to Area 11 Junction, about one kilometre away, to address the crowd of protesters. Personalities who partook in the protest include Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto); Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), as well as former Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido and Senator Dino Melaye.
Earlier at the INEC headquarters, Secondus had said: “The country is sleeping on a keg of gunpowder, you know it. If you feel that Nigerians are not aware of the activities of INEC and the Police, you are deceiving yourselves. You are pushing Nigerians to the wall and when you push them to the wall, there would be resistance. We hope we will not get there, but this will serve as a notice.
“Therefore, we demand that INEC Chairman should resign. Amina Zakariyau should resign. She is the manipulator of all elections. Let me address Mr President Muhammad Buhari, you cannot continue to give instructions to security agents to carry out your agenda, instead of protecting Nigerians. “The hunger in the land is too much; the corruption in the country is too much. You are not fighting corruption; you are fighting your perceived enemies and you are fighting the masses. Nigerians have left you. You cannot change the will of the people by force.
“Take note and stop directing the security agencies and INEC to rig elections. You must come out clean. What we expect from you is to conduct a free and fair election. Responding, however, INEC’s National Commissioner on Legal Matters, May Agbamuche-Mbu, said: “I want to thank you and inform you all that Professor Mahmud Yakubu would have received you all. The commission takes this demonstration very seriously. We are happy that the protest is peaceful and carried out in a civilized manner.
“INEC is up to this job, we are all here in INEC as professionals and not politicians. We are going to do our best come 2019. I must say we are a team and decisions are made by the commission and not by any individual.
“All your comments have been noted and it will be passed to the chairman and the entire commission’’
Meanwhile, the police is accusing protesters to be disturbing ‘public peace” as it summons Senate President Bukola Saraki, Ben Bruce and Dino Milaye.
In a statement through the force Public relation officer, DCP Moshood said the those earlier mentioned came to its headquarters and violently hitting policemen to forcefully enter the force headquarters, Abuja’’ as it requests them to report to the IGP Monitoring unit over what it described as breaching public peace.
The invitation came a few hours after Saraki led Notable National leaders of the Peoples Democratic party in a protest to the headquarters of the independent National Electoral Commission on Friday, calling on the commission to declare Ademola Adeleke winner of the Osun state governorship election
Continuing, The Nigeria Police Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had directed an investigation into the “unprovoked and unwarranted attack on the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.”
It said that the lawmakers led miscreants to assault policemen and damage properties, asking the senators to report to the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday for investigation.
According to the police, Saraki, Melaye and Bruce were captured on camera causing public disturbance and obstructing traffic on Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja, for hours.
The statement read in part, “Senator Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Bruce were captured on camera disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety.
“They were also involved in a violent attack on policemen at the Force Headquarters, pushing and hitting them in an attempt to forcefully enter the Force headquarters to cause damage to equipment and government properties.
“They are hereby invited to report themselves to the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October 2018 for investigation.”