The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has ordered that the Commissioner of Police on election duty in Adamawa State, Mohammed Barde withdraw from the state with immediate effect.
The IGP also ordered that the Commissioner of Police in charge of Gombe State, CP Etim Equa immediately proceed to Adamawa State for election security of the yet-to-be concluded supplementary governorship election.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Sunday suspended collation for the Saturday supplementary governorship election in Adamawa after the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Hudu Yunusa Ari announced Aisha ‘Binani’ Dahiru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner over the incumbent, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while collation of results was ongoing.
However, while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said the IGP is committed to a free and fair process.
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He said, “The IGP has given directive that the commissioner of police on election security in Adamawa State, CP Barde should pull out of Adamawa State and the Commissioner of Police in charge of Gombe State, CP Etim Equa to proceed to Adamawa immediately, to go and supervise election and provide necessary information and ensure that the process is a success.”
Adejobi also said the IGP is yet to receive any letter from the INEC seeking the probe and prosecution of its embattled REC in Adamawa, Hudu Yunusa Ari.