Policemen covering Edo poll to pay transport fare

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Mudiaga Affe, Calabar

Indications emerged on Wednesday that senior
police officers of the Edo State Police Command
covering next Saturday’s governorship election in
Edo State have been asked to pay N5,500 in order
to facilitate the transportation of the 550 policemen
deployed to Edo.

About 550 policemen were drafted from the state
to cover the election slated for Saturday,
September 10.
However, a directive from the office of the
command’s Deputy Commissioner in charge of
Criminal Investigation Department ordered
policemen to pay N5,500 each to facilitate the
movement to Edo.

The memo titled, ‘Police Wireless Message,’ and
signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police in
charge of Criminal Investigation Department, was
made available to our correspondent in Calabar.
The memo addressed to all sectional heads in
Calabar had the reference number DTO:
061432/09/2016.
It stated, “In view of the election scheduled for
10/09/2016, you are directed to pay the sum of
N5, 500 each for transportation. Payment to reach
me on or before Wednesday, September 9, 2016
(sic). Treat as very important please.”
But the Cross River State Commissioner of Police,
Mr. Jimoh Ozi-Obeh, denied the claims, saying it
was false.
He said what he was asked to do was to provide
550 policemen from the command for the election
and to provide vehicles to convey them.
Ozi-Obeh added that he had already arranged for
10 pickup vans and two lorries that would convey
the officers for the exercise.
“I have brought the Assistant Commissioner of
Cross River Police Operations, Sani Salihu, who is
in charge of the movement. He can confirm the
arrangement we are making.
“Whoever told you that we have demanded
policemen to pay that amount is a liar. You can go
to my personnel to further verify.
“And whoever has paid such money should go and
collect his money. Journalists should be careful in
their speculative reports,” he said.

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