Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti state, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has ordered the withdrawal of its men from the state Government House.
The directive was contained an internal memo titled ‘Police Wireless Message’ and numbered ‘DTO: 10185/07/2018’. It was issued by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Election Duty for Ekiti state”
The order sent to Superintendent Joseph Gbenga, the Chief Security Officer to Governor Ayodele Fayose, reads: “Sequel to the forthcoming governorship election on Saturday 14th July 2018 in Ekiti State X you are directed to warn and release all officers and men attached to the Government House Ado Ekiti to report at Department of Operations (DOPS) SHQ on or before Thursday 12/07/2018 x eye repeat X Thursday 12/07/2018 x while you X ADC to the governor and five others are to remain at the GOVT House X.
“C.O33PMF/SPU/CTU/OPERATION FLUSH/EOD/SIB ADO EKITI only X you are to remove all your personal attachment to Ekiti State Government House/Office on or before the above stated date X while two (2) of the EOD personnel are to remain at the GOVT House X ensure strict compliance XX.”
The move comes after policemen reportedly manhandled Governor Fayose and shot teargas to disperse PDP supporters who gathered for a rally in support of the governorship candidate, Kolapo Olusola.
The CSO, two Aides-De-Camp (ADCs) and five others were asked to stay back