by Ayobami Olopade
It was a matter of saving his own head for the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Police affairs on Thursday, as he denied any involvement in the disruption of the meeting of the G-7 governors at the Kano State Governor’s lodge in Abuja by a Divisional Police officer on November 3.
Tongues had been wagging in the direction of the Police Chief ever since the DPO disrupted the meeting while claiming to be acting on “orders from above.”
After the widely criticised incident, the House of Reps passed a resolution directing the committee, headed by Mr. Musa Kurmo, to investigate the “circumstances, which led to the police storming the Kano Governor’s lodge.”
Reacting to questions from the committee, the IG stated, “I want to say before I comment on the particular incident, there is no where, there is no time an instruction has been given to disrupt the meeting of any particular organisation that is lawfully convened. On the incident in question, neither myself nor any of my aides has directed any police officer to disrupt any meeting.”
The IG, however, made a desperate attempt to justify the actions of the police officers saying they could well have been performing their duties of promoting law and order. “But, Mr Chairman, remember that as a police force, in every police force, there are certain responsibilities; the Commissioner of Police of a state has responsibilities of that particular state, so is the commissioner of the FCT. Anything that happens in FCT, the commissioner will be asked to explain why it happened; be it robbery, be it kidnapping, be it any act of illegality.”
Going by the denial by the Inspector General of Police, it then becomes a case of who gave the “orders from above” that would have warranted such an audacious move by a “DPO”.