According to a statement released today by the President of the body, Abdul Mahmud, PILL consider the remarks of the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, unfortunate and regrettable.
The full statement:
SACK THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE NOW!
(Text of the press statement issued by the Public Interest Lawyers League, PILL)
In our press statement of the 19th day of August 2012, we expressed worry over the shoddy way the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) attended to the Presidential Directive that the killers of the late Principal Private Secretary of Comrade Governor Oshiomhole be arrested and brought to justice. Worried that the Nigeria Police Force presented a Criminal Investigation Report that was in all material particular different from that which the State Security Service (SSS) presented to the Nigerian public on the 1st day of August 2012, we noted in our said statement of 19th August 2012 that ‘’nothing exposes the Nigeria Police Force for what it is than the insidious manner with which it treats the well-known environmental rights campaigner, Rev Ugolor. Rev Ugolor was arrested by the Police over three weeks ago following allegation that he masterminded the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde.
The claim of the Police was exposed as a lie a few days later by the State Security Service when its officers paraded five young men who publicly claimed they murdered Olaitan Oyerinde….there are wider questions that the Nigeria Police Force must provide answers to here. The answers to these questions can only be provided by an Independent Public Inquiry, set up for the purpose of looking at the issues that the investigation into the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde has thrown up’’.
Two days ago Comrade Governor Oshiomhole lambasted the Nigeria Police Force for being complicit in the gruesome murder of his personal aide, Olaitan Oyerinde. And he called for the sack of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).
Comrade Governor Oshiomhole’s views are consistent with those we outlined in our press statement of 19th of August 2012. Where the lives of over 150 million Nigerians are concerned it is only imperative that public inquiry is made into the activities of men and women who are charged with the statutory duties of protecting Nigerians to determine the extent to which they perform such duties within the bounds of the law. But for Governor Oshiomhole’s public outburst, the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar had kept dubious silence over the contradictory Criminal Investigation Reports submitted by his men and the State Security Service and cleverly distanced himself from a Report a swathe large of the Nigerian public still controverts. Inspite of the unimpeachable public perception that the State Security Service got the killers of Olaitan Oyerinde, the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, yesterday dismissed Comrade Governor Oshiomhole’s position as a lie and unfounded whilst he promised to set up a committee to look at the Report of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department.
We consider the remarks of the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, unfortunate and regrettable. Nothing prejudices the outcome of his committee, or dismisses a complaint even before it is heard, than his unguarded remarks. In the light of the afore-going, therefore, we call on the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to sack the Inspector-General of Police, MD Abubakar, NOW to pave way for an untainted Public Inquiry into the Nigerian Police Force’s investigation of the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde.
12th January 2013