Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has accused the Nigeria Police of intimidating members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state during yesterday’s polls.
The governor, who spoke against the backdrop of the abduction of his Senior Special Assistant on Security, Capt. Iniobong Ekong, told the police to construct more cells that could accommodate the 2.1 million voters in the state in order to fulfill their mission of hindering free and fair elections in the state.
He lamented that the level of intimidation of PDP members in the state had become unbearable, accusing the Commissioner of Police in the state of working with three to four junior officers to harass, intimidate and indiscriminately arrest PDP members.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote at Awa Ward 1, Onna Local Government Area on Saturday, Emmanuel called on security agencies in the country to obey the rule of law.
“Security operatives in Akwa Ibom State should stay off intimidations. The level of intimidation in the state is unbearable. People are being intimidated and harassed recklessly.
“The new Commissioner of Police sent to Akwa Ibom is working with three or four junior officers to harass innocent people. If you go to their cell now, it is filled with PDP supporters. I don’t know whether they have a cell that can take the 2.1 million voters in the state because they all belong to one political party. So, if they can arrest the 2.1 million people, that is when the elections would be thwarted.
“Nigeria is a peaceful country and we have adequate rule of law. And if they don’t obey the rule of law, we would challenge it in the law court,” he said.