Police dismiss officer behind Ekiti shooting, set to hold him to court
– The officer arrested for an accidental discharge at the Ekiti APC rally has been dismissed from work
– According to the Ekiti state commissioner of police, the erring officer would soon be charged to court
– He said the deployment of mobile policemen will be increased as the campaigns are progressing
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has dismissed the policeman arrested for accidentally shooting Opeyemi Bamidele and three others at the reception party of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi, on June 1.
The Ekiti state commissioner of police, Bello Ahmed, who made this known on Monday, June 5, also said the officer would be made to face the wrath of the law as soon as possible.
He said: “The policeman involved is dismissed already and even though he’s nursing some injury; and at the appropriate time, he will face the law of course. Nigerians will be briefed on the outcome of our actions.”
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On the preparations in place to ensure a peaceful election, Ahmed said: “We have robust arrangement to regulate and observe these political activities as its unwinding in Ekiti State, in fact in the entire state. We just got a robust deployment of mobile policemen and that will be increased as the campaigns are progressing.
“You know what is on the ground will determine what will be done. If the satiation on ground dictates we behave otherwise, we will do provided it is within the confines of the law. This morning (Monday) I’ll be having a meeting with all the political chairmen. We have programmes for them.
“We are going to regulate every inch of activity in the state. We will not sit down and tolerate any act of lawlessness, whoever is involved. The police, we are willing, competent to take action against any group or persons, either individual or groups as far this campaign is concerned.”
The police commissioner has also denied the rumour making rounds that there was an attempt to murder the governorship aspirant, Kayode Fayemi, during the rally.
He said: “It’s not true. We shouldn’t be making politics out of situations. As far as we are concerned, it’s a major incident and it’s an isolated matter. I advise everyone, we shouldn’t make politics out of this incident. The policeman is arrested, in fact, he was almost lynched if not for our quick response. The other party member that brought him from Lagos too is arrested. So, there is no politics we should make with this incident.”