The Anambra State Police command has described as “absolutely false and unfounded”, a report circulating on the social media with the caption “Group petitions IGP, urges him to remove Anambra COP for withdrawing police orderly from Judge who awarded N25m damages against Police”, allegedly credited to one Justus Uche Ijeoma Esq. of the International Human Rights and Equity Defense Foundation (I-REF).
The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Haruna Mohammed, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement on behalf of the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State stated that the petition which was dated April 29, 2020 alleged that the Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang had withdrawn the Police orderly attached to Hon. Justice T.U Oguji following the judgement awarded against the command by the said judge on the April 27, 2020.
Mohammed however noted that the authors of the post were being outright mischievous and probably out to settle personal scores which the Commissioner of Police was not aware of.
According to him, “The fact in this issue is that, recently the command carried out reorganization of Rank/Files who have spent two years and above at a particular Police station or formation. This routine reshufflement affected many Judges and Magistrates across the state.
“Thereafter, the noticed dislocations of this move were corrected when the affected Hon. Judges who drew the attention of the command to such moves were immediately attended to. It was not a punitive measure aimed at any one or even the Judge in the above post. It may interest the public to know that the CJ of Anambra State is aware of this and he even approached the Commissioner of Police to make amends which he gladly obliged.
“Meanwhile, the CP also directed the DPO Inland town Division under whose jurisdiction the Hon. Judge reside to personally visit the Judge with the replacement and if he insist on his former orderly the DPO should restore him back.
“Consequently, the command is not even aware that a judgement was made or that the Hon. Judge was handling any case involving the Police. It’s also unfortunate that the author(s) of the above post didn’t make any effort to make a formal enquiry in order to enable them take an informed decision but rather took to social media to cast aspersions on the Commissioner of Police who is working assiduously in order to provide safety and security in Anambra State which are glaring since his assumption of duty as the Commissioner of Police in the State.”
He pointed out that the Commissioner of Police bore no grudges against any person but see this distraction as the price of selfless service one pays while discharging his duties diligently even as he further described the report as a figment of the imagination of the writers.
“In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police CP John B.Abang,fdc urges the public to disregard the report and further assures them that he will continue to save and protect the citizens with integrity and in accordance with internationally acceptable best practices”, he added.
Photo: Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang.
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