The police has condemned the role played by the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde in Adamawa gubernatorial elections, describing such acts as illegal capable of defaming the image of the Nigeria Police Force.
In a letter dated first of June, 2023, signed by the Force Secretary, AIG Abu Sane, the police added that CP Barde’s action deserves query and he should be queried.
Below is the full contents of the letter as obtained by SECURITY MONITOR…..
Cp Mohammed Ahmed Barde
QUERY FOR SERIOUS MISCONDUCT.
You are a Commissioner of Police in charge of Imo State Command and by virtue of your rank and experience on the Job, you are expected to be conversant with extant laws, rules and regulations guiding Police officers as well as exhibit a high level of professionalism and responsibility in all your actions but unfortunately, the reverse is the case.
2. Recall that you were posted as Adamawa State Election Duty as Commissioner of Police with the core mandate of supervising all aspects of security and related matters towards ensuring a peaceful and credible conduct of the election in line with the 2022 electoral Act as amended and other applicable laws as well as guidelines. Your posting particularly placed you in charge of the Adamwa State supplementary gubernatorial election held on 15th April, 2023.
3. Following the completion of the voting, collation of results commenced appropriately but before the completion of the said collation exercise, you accompanied the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Adamawa State and provided him the needed security cover to unlawfully announce a result of an inconclusive election to the consternation of all and sundry.
4. Knowing fully well that the said INEC REC is not empowered by law to announce any election result and being aware that the collation of results was yet to be concluded, you deliberately, willfully and illegally colluded with the said REC to commit an electoral offense, undermine public trust, compromise a sensitive national assignment and impugned the integrity of the Nigeria Police Force.
5. These intentional and disgraceful acts of yours were despite prior notifications and warnings by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Operations who called you via GSM on the 15 of April 2023 intimating you of intelligence regarding the plans by the REC to illegally announce results, which he eventually did with your due presence.
6. The totality of your actions which were captured in viral videos generated public outcry and condemnation portrayed the Force in an extremely negative light and would have occasioned an enormous crisis in the State if not for the prompt deployment of reinforcements. You have therefore undoubtedly debased the exalted rank of Commissioner of Police and brought the image of the Force to an all-time low.
7. The Inspector General of Police has therefore directed that you be queried and you are hereby queried for the following acts of serious misconduct;
i. Refusal to take/carry out lawful instructions from Superior officers – In that you deliberately refused to heed the instructions of the DIG Operations who warned you of the illegal plans of the REC, contrary to rule 030301 (m) of the Public Service Rules, 2009 as amended.
ii. Action Prejudicial to the security of the State – In that your actions culminated in a compromise of the security situation in Adamawa State contrary to rule 030402 (o) of the Public Service Rules, 2009 as amended.
ili. Divided Loyalty – In that your actions showed your loyalty lies elsewhere other than to the Force contrary to rule 030402 (s) of the Public Service Rules, 2009 as amended.
iv. Sabotage – In that your conduct sabotaged the noble objectives of the Inspector General of Police towards the conduct of free, fair and credible elections contrary to rule 030402 (t) of the Public Service Rules, 2009 as amended.
v. Act Unbecoming of a Public Officer – In that the sum total of your conduct as highlighted above is prejudicial to discipline and unbecoming of an officer of your rank contrary to rule 030402 (w) of the Public Service Rules, 2009 as amended.
8. You are therefore required to explain within 48hrs of receipt of this query why disciplinary action should not be taken against you. Your explanation if any should be submitted through the appropriate channel within the stipulated period or it would be presumed that you have non to offer and the Inspector General of Police will be at liberty to take any action he deems appropriate in the circumstance.
AIG HABU A SANE, psc.
ASSISTANT INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE,