ABAKALIKI—GOVERNOR Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State, Thursday claimed policemen from outside the state were imported by some desperate politicians in the last ward congress conducted by the state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, blaming them for the violence that occurred during the exercise.
Elechi, who spoke in Abakaliki when the new Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, in charge of Zone 6, Mark Idakwo paid him a courtesy visit, accused the politicians of arming the youths to unleash mayhem during the congress.
During the congress, no fewer than three persons sustained various degrees of injuries at Onicha Local Government Area, LGA, following attacks by suspected political thugs while six suspects were also arrested by police at Uburu for alleged illegal possession of firearms.
He said: “Some of the desperate politicians are flying their families out of the country and at the same time arming other youths to cause mayhem in the State. The sort of threat to law and order, to peace that we are experiencing now does not give us cheers for the future and we will only rely on the Nigerian police force to ensure that there is maximum peace.
”That is what many politicians do; a good number of them have flown their families out of Nigeria. They gave visas and passports to their people to leave the country and gave guns to the youths of their constituencies.
“It is happening here and now in Ebonyi State. If not for providential intervention, last Saturday would have been bloody. So, we are appealing to you to draw the drum into the ears of your men at all levels that we as civilians are not ready to accept any falsification of election result.
”We are not ready to be intimidated by forces from outside the state; only the police force duly and dutifully assigned to Ebonyi State should operate here. When outsiders come and bring illegal forces from beyond the borders of Ebonyi State, it is an indication to chaos and we will not lie down folding our arms, we are bound to react.”
In his remark, AIG Idakwo, who assured that the police in the zone would be impartial during the 2015 general elections, promised to communicate the governor’s complaints, especially on the issue of importation of Police officers to the Inspector General of Police.