The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, on Friday, alleged that a policeman attempted to shoot its Commandant-General, Dr. Ade Abolurin, and other security officers and officials from the Attorney-General’s office while on inspection tour of items seized from oil pipeline vandals at Ikorodu, Lagos.
The NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Emma Okeh, in a statement in Abuja, alleged that Abolurin was with other personnel from the Nigerian Army, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and others when a suspected Police Inspector attempted to open fire on them.
He said that Abolurin who is the Chairman of a committee on pipeline vandalism constituted by the AG were inspecting items seized from some vandals when a police team led by an unidentified Inspector threatened to gun them down.
Okeh stated that the aim of the police team was to frustrate the work of the committee members.
He said, “The attack was orchestrated by the arrest of some suspected vandals and oil thieves in possession of petroleum products in several jerry cans, including two big Cotonou boats.
“The suspected police team who came in an unmarked danfo bus carrying AK47 riffles challenged the CG that they are in charge, so, he has no right to visit the area because it belongs to the police.”
“It is however unclear if the suspected officer was working on a written script by a superior authority or just acting in his own capacity as a vandal in uniform. What is however clear is that, this is the umpteenth time that officers and men of the corps has been brazenly harassed, molested, assassinated or maimed by officers of the Nigeria police in recent time in the cause of carrying out their legitimate assignments.
“Still fresh in our memory is the killing of two men of the anti vandal squad of the Lagos state command of NSCDC namely AIC Gabriel Adaji and IC Innocent Akegbe by the police in 2013.”
But the Police denied that there was a confrontation between its men and the Committee members.
“There was no confrontation between the police and the committee members, we deny that incident,” the Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu claimed.
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