New Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Abdullahi Ibrahim Chafe, says he was not posted to Ado-Ekiti to fight Governor Ayo Fayose.
Chafe was reacting to the fear recently expressed by some elders in the state that the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, might have transferred the former Commissioner of Police, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu without the knowledge of Governor Fayose, and replaced him with the Chafe, in preparation for alleged political grand plan towards the state’s gubernatorial poll in 2018 and to intimidate the governor.
The Ekiti police boss, who also corrected the reports that he hails from Katsina State, the country home of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he is from Chafe in Tsafe Local Government area of Zamfara State.
Chafe said he was transferred to Ekiti from Kogi State by IGP Idris only to fight crime and promised not to sacrifice professionalism on the altar of politics that could damage his career.
Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday, Chafe said his mission in Ekiti was to sanitise the state and make it a no-go-area for criminals, so that investors can see the state as a safe haven.
He promised to sustain all the anti-crime strategies and structures already built by his predecessor to combat crime, adding that he would dialogue with the driver unions and administrators of all the tertiary institutions in Ekiti to reduce disruption of public peace, cultism and the popular ‘yahoo boys’.
According to him, “I am not under any instruction to come here to fight anybody. Even when I was transferred, I did not even know that Ekiti election is coming soon. It was when I got here that I knew that election is coming here soon.
“I value my profession and personality above any other thing. Even if you check all the elections that had been conducted recently,
President Buhari didn’t interfere in police works. So, I am here to perform my statutory duties.
“I am a Nigerian and wherever I go to, I see myself as part of that community and I can’t come here to cause trouble. I have worked in all the six geopolitical zones of the country and I have good records.
“I am old enough to form my own principles and these principles will surely guide me in the discharge of my duties”, he said.
He promised that his men will sustain and improve the raiding of all black spots in Ado Ekiti and motorparks if the sales of Indian Hemp and other hard drugs is not stopped.
Chafe appealed to members of the public to cooperate with his men and offer useful information to tackle crime in Ekiti.
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