Sequel to mounted pressure by various groups in Edo State including concerned citizens and the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations among others over breakdown of security, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of CP Haliru Gwandu from the State.
CP Gwandu had largely been blamed for the breakdown of security in Edo State resulting in the assassination of a University of Benin Professor, Mr. Paul Otasowe without any arrest of the assassins and the abduction of Andy Ehanire, brother of the minister of health Osagie Ehanira.
He was also accused of lack of capacity following the killing of three policemen attached to the Ogba zoo and the abduction of popular musician, Osayomore Joseph by kidnappers.
Gwandu was also accused of covering up for Fulani herdsmen by not tackling their murderous activities which included rape and killings and destruction of farmlands in communities in the state.
Things got to a head when Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki took it upon himself to visit the Office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) to iscuss issues of disturbing security challenges of the state.
Before then there had been protests to the Police Service Commission, Force headquarters and the National Assembly as well as in the streets of Benin for CP Gwandu to be removed.
The new Commissioner of Police deployed to Edo state is CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo formerly CP in charge Force Armament at Force headquarters.
Meanwhile, CP Moses Jituboh who had been fingered by Senator Isah Misau in his petition to the Police Service Commission of being experienced to hold such a position of CP Adamawa state due to the fact that he got promotions over and above his colleagues, was also removed from Adamawa state.
Jituboh has been redeployed to force headquarters as the commissioner of Police in charge Force Armament while Haliru Gwandu is redeployed to Adamawa state as the Commissioner of Police.
The redeployments were contained in a Police wireless Signal titled INGENPOL Has Ordered Cancellation of Postings of the Following COMPOLS to Formations/Commands, dated October 18, 2017.
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