Ahead of the November 11, 2023 gubernatorial election, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has redeployed the state Commissioner of Police (CP) Mohammed Barde from his current post in the state to the Force Headquarters for a special duty assignment.
The change comes amidst allegations that Barde is loyal to the incumbent governor of the state and will work in his favour.
A statement released by the Force spokesperson, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announcing Barde’s redeployment reads;
GUBER ELECTION: IGP REDEPLOYS CP IMO.
In a pivotal development ahead of the upcoming gubernatorial election in Imo state on 11th November, 2023, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has ordered the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Mohammed Barde to the Force Headquarters on special duty.
The IGP’s decision to reshuffle the CP underscores the Police Force’s unwavering dedication to upholding the rule of law and maintaining strict neutrality throughout the electoral proceedings. This redeployment is not an indictment on the affected officer but is rather part of a broader strategy aimed at bolstering security measures, promoting transparency, and upholding the integrity of the electoral security management.
The IGP is resolute in ensuring that a secure environment is provided for all stakeholders, political parties, candidates, and citizens to participate in the electoral process. He urges all and sundry to cooperate with the Police and other security agencies and adhere to the law in order to ensure a smooth and successful election while maintaining the principles of democracy.
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, mnipr, mipra, FCAI,
Force Public Relations Officer,
Force Headquarters, Abuja