Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities for the Atiku Agenda has expressed concerns over the decision to replace the Lagos Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohinmi, with Mr. Kayode Egbetokun, a former Chief Security Officer to the All Peoples Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The group said in a statement by its President, Adeoye Jolaosho, that the move was more worrisome because Tinubu is also the co-Chairman of the Campaign Council of President Muhammadu Buhari.
CENTAA stated that the new posting was like part of a grand plot to unduly favour the ruling APC in the coming state and federal polls.
The group said Egbetokun’s background of close affinity with chieftains of the ruling party could not guarantee that he would not influence his subordinates against subjugating a free, fair and credible poll on March 6.
“While we concede that the top police hierarchy has the prerogative to deploy and assign portfolios to its personnel as it deems fit, we, however, believe that such a power must and should be exercised with caution in a manner that would give confidence to all segments of the society,” the statement read.
In articulating the grouse of the organisation further, the statement said, “While not taking anything away from the new commissioner, we must, however, express our opposition to this posting because the officer involved was at one time the CSO to a chieftain of the APC, former Governor Bola Tinubu, between 1999 and 2007.”
CENTAA faulted the decision to redeploy the former Police Commissioner, Mr. Edgal Imohinmi, whose performance it commended.
“There was no basis for the redeployment of the former police commissioner, who, by all standards, performed professionally and enjoyed the confidence of all stakeholders,” Jolaosho said