The Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has disclosed the setting up of a team for a thorough investigation into the attack on the convoy of the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji, Atiku Abubakar, in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, on Thursday.
IsL had earlier reported that no fewer than 74 persons sustained degrees of injuries in the attack and were hospitalised, while over a hundred vehicles in the convoy were also vandalised.
However, Borno State Police Command had in a statement argued otherwise that the PDP presidential candidate’s convoy was not attacked, adding that the campaign rally held without any incident.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Alkali-Baba, while addressing a gathering at the 57th ministerial briefing in Abuja, the IGP explained that assessment from the Borno State police command PRO might have been too hasty and not conclusive, hence the need to establish a team to make holistic assessment from the various narratives to ascertain the true picture, with a view to preventing a recurrence.
He asserted that campaigns and rallies were being policed and optimal protection given, particularly when prompt information was provided about such political events, source reports.
IsL source, SaharaReporters also gathered that the IGP acknowledged some aspects of police duties that had been commercialized to generate more revenue through the Police Specialized Automated Services, POSSAB, portal but noted that the service had been abused.
He, however, jetissoned the idea that unscrupulous persons could use the portal to gain protection from the police.