Human righs activist, Comrade Kehinde Taiga, has said that the recent transfer made by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, from Delta state was subject to question.
He said the transfer was not done in the right manner as he faulted a situation where 60 police officers would be transferred from a state in one fell swoop. He said the inspector general of police should make clarifications on why the 60 officers were moved out of the state.
The human rights activist said all the officers transferred from the state are indigenes of the Southern states, South South, South East and South Western states of the country. He is of the belief that the transfer was done with an ulterior motive by the police high command.
He said: “60 officers were transferred from Delta state. For the past 20 years we have not seen such transfer made by the police force. That transfer is not done in good faith. All the people transferred were all from South South, South East, South West, no one from any of the Northern states.
“We are seeing a conspiracy against the zone from this transfer. The inspector general should explain the rationale for the transfer. I see it as tribalistic and biased.
“No Northerner among the 60 people transferred. They have turned the force to Hausa Fulani organization. We don’t know their objectives. It was a one sided transfer.
“It should be reversed and made a balanced one. A good intentioned transfer should be mixed from all the six zones of the country not from selected zones. We are seeing a conspiracy against the South South. This transfer may be to satisfy some groups of people with an ulterior objective”
Meanwhile, Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has said that public and private primary and secondary schools in the state will remain closed till May 30, 2020 as directed by the Governor of the State, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
Chief Ukah, who was reacting to an online publication trending on the social media that he held a meeting where it was agreed that schools will reopen in the state on Monday, May 4, 2020, stated that he did not hold any meeting or authorized the holding of any meeting on reopening of schools in the state.
He advised members of the public to disregard such information as schools will remain closed in the state till May 30, 2020 as directed by the state governor.
Chief Ukah cautioned mischief makers to stay clear from the activities of the ministry and disclosed that relevant authorities are closing up on the source of the fake news who will be dealt with approximately to serve as deterrent to others who harbour such thought.
According to reports published by Niger Delta Today, the transfer is already generating ripples among personnel of the Delta state police command especially among senior officer.
Sources said the leadership of the state police command is claiming that the transfer of the officers was a result of their over-stay in their respective divisions thus were fast becoming unproductive.
A position, several security operatives who spoke with our correspondent, faulted as untrue.
Some civil society groups who spoke with our correspondent alleged that the state police chief, Hafix Inuwa, was playing an ethnic card thus the transfer of the officers who are of southern origin to the north. Some of the affected officers had barely spent a year in the state.
One of the sources claimed that the Delta police commissioner had been unhappy with many of the transferred DPOS and heads of police units over their unbiased position in the activities of suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The Delta CP had allegedly queried some senior police officers over the recent Fulani herdsmen attacks in Uwheru kingdom where about ten farmers were slaughtered by arms-wielding gunmen in the state.
Herdsmen had also perpetrated heinous killings in other parts of the state including Olomu, Issele-Asagba, Abraka and Abavo.
A leader of one of the CSOs who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that, “There is a grand plan to remove 62 DPO’s serving in Delta state to the Northern part of the country. Those being removed are mainly persons from Delta and Edo states.
“DPOs and other officers of Northern extraction who have been serving here a long time were not affected in the redeployment. Some of them are raising a ‘Red flag’ that there may be a ploy to bring in Hausa police officers to cover the track of heinous activities of Fulani herdsmen.”
One of the affected officers said the commissioner of police Hafiz Inuwa, while serving in Cross Rivers state carried out ethnic cleansing of officers in his command and was massively resisted by the citizens of the state.
A list of the transfer obtained by our correspondent indicated that some of the officers were redeployed to Borno, Adamawa, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Kano among others.
A copy of the transfer list obtained by this medium in Abuja on Saturday was dated 30th April 2020 and signed by Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Alkali Baba Usman, who was one time a commissioner of police in Delta State.
The circular read, “The Inspector-General of Police has ordered the transfer of the following officers from Delta State Command to commands indicated against their names.
“The IGP has notice flagrant disregard to lawful orders exhibited by officers on transfer to commands/formations. Officers who intentionally decide not to report on or before 29th May, 2020 will be queried.”
Efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Onome Onowakpoyeya, on the development proved abortive as her line was said to be switched off repeatedly while an SMS sent to line was yet to deliver five hours before this report.
Similar efforts to speak with the state commissioner of police, Hafiz Inuwa, also proved abortive as repeated calls to his telephone line were rejected while SMS sent to him had not been answered at the time of filing this report
Additional report from Niger Delta Today