IGP orders police to restore deputy governor’s security detail

Inspector General of Police

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered Police Commissioner Bolaji Salami to restore the security details of Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi with immediate effect.

The IGP’s directive was contained in a memo addressed to the Police Commissioner through the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja yesterday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that men of the Nigeria Police attached to the deputy governor were withdrawn after he had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ajayi last Wednesday cried out that his life was in danger, as policemen attached to his office were withdrawn on the orders of the police commissioner.

The memo with Ref. No CB: 2002/DOPS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL/77/168 was signed on behalf of the IGP through Austine Agbonlahor, Assistant Inspector-General of Police.

The deputy governor, who accused the police commissioner of working on the instructions of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to withdraw the officers, had for a while, been having a running battle with him.

Efforts by NAN to speak with Information Commissioner Donald Ojogo failed, as he could not be contacted for comments.

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday broke silence on the alleged withdrawal of security details of Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi.

Governor Akeredolu, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, said his deputy raised the alarm after getting approval for six security personnel from the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Akeredolu said Ajayi sent police escort he doesn’t “trust” back to the Government House security structure.

He said the deputy governor disengaged his ADC, Dele, and another Sgt. Kasali by himself and later cried foul.

Akeredolu said: “He applied for six policemen, instead of the statutory eight for a deputy governor on June 10 and the IGP approved via Letter No: CB0900/DOPS/ FHQ/ABJ/VOL/60/263 dated same 10th June, 2020.

“It shows that none of his security details was withdrawn as he made the innocent public to believe. The security guards attached to his official residence have remained intact. None was removed or withdrawn.

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