BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Ondo State Commissioner of Police, CP Salami Amidu Bolaji on Sunday reacted to a trending video on the social of his alleged confrontation with the Deputy Governor of the State, saying that the police under his command is following laid-down policing rules.
Bolaji specifically said that the Police Command under his policing architecture will never police lawlessness in the State.
CP Bolaji, who stated these in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ondo State Command, Asp Tee-Leo Ikoro, said that the video is an attempt to foment sentiment and misunderstanding in the State.
He asserted that it is only apparent that the Police under his supervision take decisive responsibility when performing their legitimate functions as prescribed by law.
The Commissioner of Police explained that he only went to the scene when his officers and men at the Government House could not broker peace between the aides of the governor and that of the deputy governor over the number of cars the Deputy Governor would drive out at the time.
CP Bolaji further said; “It is only necessary that my presence at the scene as the Command’s Commissioner of Police could calm frayed nerves. Having listened to the reason for the misunderstanding, I advised both sides to come to terms, a condition they both agreed.
“I have never been a politician all through my life and would not want to be dragged into politics. I am completely apolitical and as a police officer, my job is to protect lives and property of citizens of Ondo State”.
The CP therefore advised the people of Ondo State that as the race to Ondo Government House draws close, politicians with interest in the race should learn to play their game with the dictate of its laws.
Bolaji also advised followers of politicians to shun any act capable of causing chaos or lawlessness in the State, saying; “Though I vowed to police Ondo State and its people with humility, I will not allow the ego and sentiment of any individual dictate what form of policing style I should use.”