The Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Sokoto State, Shuaibu Gambo, has described as false the accusation by the Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, that the Inspector General of Police (IG), Suleiman Abba, has broken the peace accord recently entered into by all candidates and stalwart of all political parties in Abuja.
Reacting to this accusation in a statement, the Sokoto CP said the two major political parties, PDP and APC have been accusing each other that the police had lived up to standard by bringing to book anyone caught in the act.
Gambo, in the statement said: “It has come to the attention of the Sokoto State Police Command, comments attributed to the Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji (Dr) Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, in the Sunday Sun Newspaper of 18/01/2015, to the effect that, the ‘IGP broke the peace accord’ signed between the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari Rtd, both presidential candidates of their respective political parties in the forthcoming elections.
“The Sokoto Police Command wishes to put on record that all the accusations made by the Governor of Sokoto State are unfounded. It is on record that both political parties have been accused of attacking each other at different parts of the state and the Police have always lived up to its mandate and ensured that arrests of both sides are promptly carried out and suspects charged to court as the case may be.
“It is also untrue to allege that the Police arrests the opposition on trumped up charges. In all cases of arrests, there were complainants by victims of brutality, which makes it easy for the Police to treat such cases with dispatch.”
Both parties are guilty of allowing their supporters to attack each other’s offices and in all occasion, Police have promptly arrested the culprits and charged them to court.
He said in the most recent case on Thursday, January 15, 2015, where supporters of both parties clashed, leading to the death of an APC supporter, nine suspects were arrested and are helping the Police in its investigation.
“I wish to emphatically state that at no time has the IG interfered with the discharge of my duties as Commissioner of Police, Sokoto Command. It is therefore strange that, his excellency would make such an unfounded statement concerning ‘breaking of peace accord’.