Following the appointment of a new Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, opposition political parties on the platform of the Coalition of United Political Parties on Tuesday called off its planned nationwide protest against the elongation of the tenure of the former IGP, Ibrahim Idris. The Coalition also set an agenda for the Police.
The coalition’s spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, while speaking at a press conference in Abuja, demanded the immediate release of political detainees such as Senator Dino Melaye and rights activist, Deji Adeyanju.
He also called for the reversal of the recent appointment of Kayode Egbetokun, a former security aide to a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as the acting Commissioner of Police in charge of Lagos State Command.
“The seven-day ceasefire is, by our estimation, long enough for the new Police helmsman to decide on the trajectory of his leadership. However, we are minded to call on the new IG to spare no efforts in restoring the image of the Nigeria Police which is currently ranked as the worst in the world.
“Furthermore, we call on the new Inspector-General of Police to commence immediate action to review the cases of all political prisoners held in the various Police cells across the nation, with a view to releasing them forthwith, including Mr. Deji Adeyanju who was acquitted by a court of law but is now in prison because someone does not like his political views.
“We also call for the release of Senator Dino Melaye, as allegations against him by the Police are different from the charges filed in court against him. The new Inspector-General must, as a matter of urgency, distance the institution of the Police from the murky waters of partisan politics and shield his office and officers from being annexed by the outgoing APC.”
He urged the Police to be neutral and not be seen supporting any political party.