EDO STATE Commissioner of Police, Mr Finihan Adeoye, has been removed in very controversial circumstances. Adeoye, who replaced Mr. Chris Ezike about three weeks ago and was saddled with the responsibility of coordinating security arrangements for the governorship election on September 28 was removed over his disagreement with Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the use of police personnel before and on the day of election.
It was gathered that the governor had taken offence that the commissioner was not in support of the recent indiscriminate arrest and detention of members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which is said to have been ordered by the governor as part of plans to manipulate the election in favour of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. It said the commissioner’s objection to this line of action by men under his command had drastically reduced the planned onslaught on members of the PDP and made the release of those arrested, prompt and relatively easy. Adeoye, sources said had proven difficult about deploying policemen on the eve and day of the election in a manner that would affect the conduct and outcome of the election against the popular will. The disposition of the commissioner had made the governor uncomfortable which prompted him to appeal to higher quarters from where the order for his removal was made.


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