The State Police Command has warned the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka, and his campaign organization to leave the Police alone.
The Command, in a press statement issued on Monday by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP William Ayah and made available to newsmen, noted that the party should focus on issues-based Campaigns and soliciting for support from the electorate instead of resorting to cheap blackmail, bullying and arm-twisting for Political sympathy from the public who already know their tricks, gimmicks, and antecedents.
The statement read as follows; “The attention of the Kogi State Police Command has been drawn to fake, incendiary, perfidious, malicious and misleading allegations making the rounds by one Faruk Adejoh-Audu, Director Communications Murtala Yakubu Ajaka Gubernatorial Campaign Organization to the effect that, the Commissioner of Police Bethrand Onuoha plans an attack on Ajaka Supporters in Kogi LGA
“The Command wishes to emphatically and categorically state that the statement is not only the figment of the imagination of Faruk Adejoh-Audu and his Political Candidate Yakubu Ajaka, who has mastered the art of Political gimmickry and brigandage, but totally false, malicious, pretentious, and highly mischievous. The Commissioner of Police, who, upon assumption of duty one month ago, has so far demonstrated a high level of professionalism by providing a level playing ground for all Political Parties and their Candidates to operate in the State, should not be dragged into Politics
“The SDP Candidate and his Campaign Organization should leave the Police alone and focus on issues-based Campaigns and soliciting support from the electorate instead of resorting to cheap blackmail, bullying, and arm-twisting for Political sympathy from the public who already know their tricks, gimmicks, and antecedents. The entire narrative to injure, assassinate, and malign the hard-earned reputation and integrity of the Commissioner of Police is the height of insensitivity, callousness, self-serving and emblematic of desperation, vindictiveness, a Propensity for destructiveness and to salivate the insidious and vaulting Political ambition of a psychopath
“It would be recalled that, on 3rd June 2023 along Abuja-Lokoja road, the SDP Candidate Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his supporters blocked and attacked the Convoy of the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello at Banda some kilometers away from Lokoja. Some of the Governor’s aides sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack. All efforts, invitations, and entreaties to come and give his own side of the incident have come to naught. Yet he has been moving around the nooks and crannies of the State without any molestation, even when he has no immunity. The case is still under Investigation
“In a democracy, freedom of expression is a right, but it must be accompanied by responsibility not to hide under its guise to spin out lies, falsehood, innuendos and sensationalism. It shows the writer and his sponsors have no decorum, decency, or intellect and are oblivious to the legal consequences of deformation and assassination of character
“The Commissioner of Police hereby appeals to Murtala Yakubu Ajaka and his Campaign Organization to leave him alone, stop all the negative write-ups and frivolous allegations aimed at undermining the spirited crime-fighting efforts of the Police in Kogi State and whipping up sentiment against them and heating up the State for no just cause
“And to the good and peace-loving, highly enlightened, Politically sophisticated citizens of Kogi State, the Commissioner of Police urges you all to disregard and discountenance such mischievous and malicious information, and to be wary of being hoodwinked by Merchants of violence, but instead gravitate towards issues that unite the State rather than those that divide you, please.