Leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State on Thursday staged a peaceful protest around major roads of the state capital, Ilorin against the deployment of a new commissioner of police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun, to the state.
The people, led by the state youth leader of the party, Prince Haliru Dantsoho, carried placards with various inscriptions calling for the redeployment of the new commissioner of police from Kwara state.
They took the peaceful protest from the party secretariat located at the Flower Garden area of the metropolis to the Government House, the state DSS office and terminated it at the state police headquarters, along Ahmadu Bello way.
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Dantsoho, who said that the people had never protested against the deployment of any police commissioner to the state, added that the new CP posed threat to peace in the state.
“Egbetokun was one-time chief security officer (CSO) to the APC leader, Senator Bola Tinubu. Also, he was spontaneously rejected by people of Lagos when he was posted there recently and the deployment was reversed by the acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu.
“Unfortunately, the same man, who parades himself as APC member has now been posted to Kwara state. It’s a ploy to further intimidate the opposition. You recall how members of the opposition were arrested, harassed during by-election into Ekiti Oke Ero Isin Irepodun federal constituency recently. So, with the deployment of Egbetokun, free, fair and credible elections cannot be guaranteed.
“It’s on this note we frown at the deployment, calling on IGP to immediately redeploy him to other states of their wish and not Kwara state. Kwara has been a peaceful state of harmony since. We don’t want anything that will affect the peace and harmony we’ve been enjoying.
“So, we call on Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, law enforcement agencies and all stakeholders concerned to consider our request and reverse the deployment to Kwara State. This deployment of Egbetokun is a confirmation of their threat.
“That’s why we embark on this peaceful protest to reject the posting to Kwara state,” he said.
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