The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has called on politicians to play the politics game based on the rules as the non-partisan nature of the force will not change.
He said: “Let me use this opportunity to call on politicians to play the game based on the rules. Let me assure you that the non-partisan nature of the police in Akwa Ibom State will not change, we will remain apolitical, neutral and committed to free, fair and credible elections. We will at all times act professionally based on International best practices.”
This is in reaction to the 63 suspected political thugs caught with about 179 PVCs in the state days before the postponed elections.
According to Makama, some of the suspects were allegedly hired from Bayelsa, Delta and Ondo States by desperate politicians.
The suspects were paraded at a briefing held at the Command’s headquarters, Ikot-Akapana-Abia in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.
41 of the Suspects, who were arrested on Friday, February 15 at Angellyne Hotel in Uyo, without INEC identification number and could not give proper identity of themselves, claimed to be observers on monitoring mission for the election while 20 other suspects were arrested on the same day, February 15th at Ukanafun Local Government Area.
Makama, who was represented at the briefing by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, said the suspects were allegedly brought in from Port Harcourt, Rivers State by one Uduak Dick, on the pretext of attending the burial ceremony of a Lance Corporal in the Nigerian Army, one Udo Essien.
Others include; one Anietie Peters who hailed from Mkpat-Enin Local Government Area was arrested on Friday in possession of 34 Permanent Voter Cards while one Ayaya Bassey and Asequo Ebio, were arrested with 149 PVCs and 29 TVCs. The suspect confessed to be political thugs hired by a politician.
He said the Command on February 12 also killed two suspected killers of one Anthony Ikechukwu, a pharmacist who was shot dead by the hoodlums at St. Michael Primary School Abak, Road in Uyo.
The Commissioner, who said the victim’s Lexus SUV with registration number, AKD 850 has been recovered, adding that the suspects were traced to their hideout in Aba, Abia State.