Some activists, on Wednesday, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to caution desperate politicians blackmailing Nigeria’s security agencies ahead of the November 11 governorship poll in Kogi State.
The PUNCH reported that these activists made this known during a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
They, therefore, called on security chiefs in the country to caution and deal appropriately with politicians who have continued to drag security agencies into the dirty arena of politics through unwarranted and incessant blackmail with which they hope to compromise them.
They specifically accused the Social Democratic Party and its candidate, Muritala Yakubu, of deliberately blackmailing the Police and the Department of State Services to prevent them from carrying out their constitutional assignments of ensuring the security of lives and property and preventing criminal activities from festering.
The leader of the activists and also co-convener, Lawyers, and Activists for Good Governance, Comrade Mohammed Sanni, referred to a recent press release by the SDP, in which the party passed a vote of no confidence in the security agencies in the state while alleging that they were planning to arrest some of their members.
According to him, the SDP Candidate is the only candidate that has had a running battle with every Police Commissioner posted to the Kogi State and should be thoroughly investigated.
He said, “We consider as unfortunate and irresponsible the Press Release authored by the Social Democratic Party a few days ago, which amounted to blackmailing the Police and the Department of State Services, DSS, for carrying out their constitutional assignments of providing security for politicians and the electorate alike.
“In the said Press Release, the SDP claimed to have passed a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the Police and DSS in the state and called for their removal. The Party alleged that the security agencies were planning to arrest some of their people. If those people have committed crimes worth investigating, why would they not be invited or arrested as the case warrants?”