The Nigeria Police Force has said its personnel attached to Senator Bukola Saraki, remains intact and that it also continues to accord the “statutory security protection” to the office of the Senate President.
The police made this known in a statement issued Jimoh Moshood, the Force Public Relations Officer, on Friday in reaction to claims made by Senator Saraki over the state of his security.
The Senate President, at a news conference on Friday, alleged that the police had provided cover for purported political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who attacked members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State.
Noting that the police had shown resentment towards him, Senator Saraki said Nigerians should hold Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, responsible should anything “untoward” happen to him and his family.
But the police, in the statement issued by Moshood, debunked the claims of the Senate President, describing it “incorrect, misleading and false.”
The police said it continues to accord the office of the Senate President respect, noting that Senator Saraki had not reported any claims of hostility of police personnel to the force headquarters before now.
“It is pertinent to state that all Police personnel attached to the person of the Senate President, his office and family are intact and all the statutory security protection on the person of the Senate President are also accorded him all the time and there was no complaint from the Senate President before now to the Police on this,” the statement read.
The law enforcement agency also stated that contrary to the Senator Saraki’s claims, the police did not ant any point in time provide protection to any political thug in Kwara State.
The statement added that no complaint about a violent attack or shooting was filed to any police station in Ilorin, the state capital, or any other police station in Kwara as claimed by the Senate President.
“The Nigeria Police Force did not give any protection to any political thug or shield any APC thug to go to family quarters of the Senate President in Agbaji, Ilorin and vandalize houses, shops and inflict wounds with machete on three (3) people as claimed by the Senate President.
“The Police did not receive any complaint or report of gunshot and wounding as claimed by the Senate President in other areas he mentioned such as Adewole/Adeta, Ile-otan and Ubandawaki/Pakata.
“For avoidance of doubt, there was no complaint reported at any Police division within Ilorin metropolis or any other Police Division on the 10th January 2019 to today 11th January 2019 of any attack, wounding, shooting and destruction of any property by any individual(s) or any political party on their members.
“However, Security within Ilorin metropolis and other locations in Kwara State has beefed-up to ensure security of all Nigerians living in the State,” the statement read.
The police force assured Nigerians that it “has no any undisguised hostility to the Senate President or his supporters in Kwara State” and would also not jeopardise or undermine his personal security and that of his immediately.
The statement urged Nigerians to disregard the claims, while reiterating the police’s commitment to remain apolitical before, during and after the 2019 general elections.