The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, has debunked claims he stormed the state House of Assembly on Monday, in the company of the state Governor, Yahaya Bello.
Mr. Inalegwu said at no time did he accompany the governor to stop the lawmakers from holding plenary.
In a statement signed by the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), William Aya, the police boss described the report purporting his disruption of the assembly’s plenary by an online newspaper (not Next Edition) as “malicious.”
“The attention of the Commissioner of Police Kogi State, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu, has been drawn to the malicious publication in an online media; Daily Post, on 1st August 2017, that Governor Yahaya Bello and CP Kogi stormed the Kogi State House of Assembly to stop plenary from holding,” the statement read.
“This report is not only false but unarguably from the figment of the writer calculated to manipulate the mindset of the public against the Kogi State Police Command.
“The commissioner of police as a professional officer of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), will not participate in such dishonorable and unethical act.”
In a proactive measure, Mr. Inalegwu said the command had deployed personnel to the assembly when intelligence report was received of a possible breakdown of law and order.
Besides, the police boss said he reached out to the speaker of the assembly to ensure that there was no threat to public peace at the complex.
“Those who know the CP will never associate him with such unprofessional behaviour as reported in the online publication and such proficient act as carried out by the CP should not be misconstrued as storming the house to stop plenary from holding,” the statement continued.
“The CP’s concern is to ensure maintenance of law and order and a crime free Kogi State. The CP hereby demands that the post be retracted so as not to mislead the public of his good intention.”
However, the statement indicated that police boss has ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident at the assembly complex with a view to bringing those found culpable to face the law.