Withdrawal, restoration, no withdrawal…

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By Ikeddy ISIGUZO

The authorities regularly sound irresponsible. The police are doing so in the matter of police personnel guiding the Governor of Anambra State.

1. Did the Governor allocate the said 221 police personnel to himself?
2. When did the police discover the anomaly?
3. Did it take election time to find out?
4. How many policemen do other Governors have?
5. Was there a sudden shortage of police personnel that resulted this discovery?

I am not for or against the numbers. I just think we have grown into a country that excels in messing up things.

The Police released a statement in which it quoted the Inspector-General copiously on the issue. He justified his action by saying that other candidates did not have 221 police attached to them.

A Presidency’s statement asked the Inspector-General to restore the police personnel immediately. Police deny the withdrawal of the police personnel and explicitly say the President cannot decide for the Police.

The Governor, say the Police would get his guards back after the election. I assume by then 221 police personnel would not be too many for the Governor.

Officials of this administration are comfortable flouting presidential orders. Nothing happens to them. The Inspector-General has done no wrong by countering the President’s clear order on this matter.

More embarrassingly, there are many spectators applauding the absurdities. The count the police personnel involved, arrive at all manners of logical deductions and miss the point about our non-functioning bureaucracies, where nobody takes responsibility.

Should the Inspector-General of Police still have a job if such allocation of police personnel is made without his knowledge?

If we didn’t have an Inspector-General of Police who the law is beneath, these and other odorous issues that glue to him, should have necessitated his sack from a position that appears beyond his span.

Let us see how the President handles the latest affront on his powers by one of his appointees.

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