Assistant-Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Lagos, Joseph Mbu, has said he was misquoted by reports that he ordered policemen to kill 20 civilians for every policeman killed in the coming general elections.
In a statement signed by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olugbemiga Adeoye, the controversial AIG explained that he only “advised his policemen not to be cowardly but to be guided by Force Order 237 on the use of their firearms.”
The statement said: “Although policemen are not to be seen with firearms within a specific radius of the polling area, quick response squads will be created to respond to distress calls.
“There is no society in the world where policemen will be killed by hoodlums and the perpetrators will be allowed to escape justice.”
He said he was also quoted out of context on the alleged order to arrest governors at polling units.
“What he (Mbu) said was that no highly placed individuals in the society who have police escorts and other forms of personal guards will be allowed within the voting area accompanied by such retinue of escorts,”
He said the firearms are not only meant to defend themselves but also others “including fellow police officers when their lives are in danger.”
Mbu, one-time commissioner of Police n Rivers State, said he was quoted out of context and that reports on the issue have been fraught with political undertone as it was geared towards portraying him in bad light.