Nigeria Police Force reveal why Wike's CSO was withdrawn

The police authorities said the CSO was redeployed because he was involved in partisan activities.

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has revealed why the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike was withdrawn.

The Police, in a statement, revealed that the Governor’s CSO, DSP Promise Nwosu was redeployed because he was involved in partisan activities.

According to the spokesman of the police, Don Awunah, Nwosu was reportedly seen protesting with an opposition party in Rivers state on 17th November, 2016.

The statement said “The active presence of the CSO to the governor in a partisan crowd of an opposition party to the governor in a clandestine and suspicious manner was considered mischievous and detrimental to the security of the state and public order and also contrary to his oath of office which constitute an offence against discipline.

“The CSO to the governor, when challenged by a superior officer demonstrated brazen indiscipline and showed disrespect to the senior officer, exhibiting conduct that violates all known norms of the force.

“Accordingly, the CSO was officially queried for discreditable conduct, insubordination, engaging in partisan political activities, illegal duty and act unbecoming of a public officer.

“As a result of such gross misconduct and apparent partisanship, the IGP ordered the redeployment of the CSO pending further disciplinary action. To this end, the IGP has also constituted an investigative inquiry into the officer’s open engagement in political activities, disrespect to senior officers and unethical practices.

“It is absolutely imperative the Police and police officers are insulated from partisan politics. The IGP therefore warn all police officers in any capacity to desist from acts that portray the force in a bad light and question the integrity of the personnel.

“In addition, any police officer, especially CSOs, Aides-de-Camp (ADCs), and orderlies attached to political officer holders or senior government officials who engages in activities outside the official schedule will be removed and made to face severe disciplinary action.

“It instructive to maintain that the redeployment of the CSO to Governor Wike must not be misconstrued or misinterpreted as it is widely reported in the media. The Police Force must not be drawn to direct partisan politics and acts that are inimical to peace and public order.

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“The Governor as Chief Security Officer of the state is at liberty to select any officer of his choice from the strength of the command to serve as his CSO but under no circumstance should any officer abandon the security of his principal and legitimate duties to engage in direct partisan politics or conversely should any political office holder use police officers attached to them for political machinations.”

Governor Ayo Fayose had earlier blamed the Federal Government for withdrawing Governor Wike’s CSO.

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