Edo police chief Gwandu transferred – The Nation Nigeria

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Edo State Police Commissioner Haliru Gwandu Abukar has been transferred.

He  has been under pressure from indigenes and residents over the way he had handled security.

Other police commissioners affected by the posting  are Moses Ambakina Jitoboh and Johnson Babatunde Kokumo.

In July, Abukar, with other CPs like Fatai Owoseni, formerly of Lagos State and Garba Umar formerly of Bayelsa, were redeployed.

The breakdown in the relationship between the Police and Edo people was amplified by the public, who alleged many infractions against the state police command.

Crime rate, especially, kidnapping and robbery, increased in Edo with the police seen as helpless.

The kidnap of Andy Ehenire, a brother of Minister of State for Health, Osagie Ehanire, after three policemen were killed by the abductors as well as the abduction of Osayomore Joseph, a popular musician and the brutal killing of Paul Otasowie, a university of Benin professor are some of the incidents that the CP’s team could not unravel

Although Ehanire has since been released, his captors are yet to be apprehended.

The public also criticised the Edo police under Abukar of being selective in the protection of citizens and residents in Edo State. They cited the incessant harassment by herdsmen in Edo State as example. Rather than protect vulnerable communities, the police deploy, instead to protect herdsmen on routine grazing of their cattle. Governor Godwin Obaseki took up the matter with the Presidency after which he visited the office of the National Security Adviser.

The friction between the public and police led to protest by civil society at the Abuja headquarters of the police and the National Assembly.

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