Ekiti shooting: Police dismiss erring officer, arrest politician that brought cop

Ibrahim Sha'ban
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The Nigeria Police Force has dismissed the policeman that shot a former member of the House of Representatives, Michael Bamidele and five others at a reception rally by All Progressives Congress for its governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi.

The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti Command, Bello Ahmed, disclosed this while featuring on a live television programme, on Monday.

Mr Ahmed, who was interviewed via the telephone by the television station on the morning show, 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.”

Mr Ahmed also explained that the politician that brought the erring cop was also in detention and that at the appropriate time, he would be charged to court.

On measures in place for the coming election in the state, the Ekiti CP said: “We have robust arrangement to regulate and observe these political activities as it’s 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,” Mr Ahmed assured.