The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday, September 20, reacted to the order issued by President Muhammadu Buhari restricting it from inviting Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking on Good Morning Nigeria, a programme on NTA, Jimoh Moshood, police spokesperson, said that the president’s order does not clear Adeleke from the alleged crimes, noting that he could be invited any time the force wants.
Recall that the PDP aspirant for the forthcoming Osun gubernatorial election was on Wednesday, September 19, accused of examination malpractice after West African Examination Council (WAEC) had cleared and confirmed that he sat for the 1981 council’s exams.
A development that led to him being declared wanted by the police.
However, through the intervention of Buhari on Wednesday, police withdrew from further investigation on the matter.
But reacting to the order issued by Buhari not to invite him pending when Osun election is over, Jimoh averred that Mr President’s order does not exonerate Adeleke from his allegation.
“There is no time limit to arrest a suspect any suspect that has been accused or there is allegation of an offence can be invited at any time. Police action terminates when a matter has been taken to court. We have filed charges in court and the matter is off our hands.
“But if there is any directive that we should not invite him, that directive does not exonerate him from (allegation) court process and the people should know that the rule of law prevails above any other consideration.” The police spokesman said the police is working to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the Osun governorship election.
“As at yesterday, the deputy inspector-general of police in the state have gone around the state on what we call ‘the show of force exercise’ with other security agencies,” Moshood said.
“The DIG operations is in charge of the security architecture in the state for the election, they have gone round, they have met with people and equally talk to them.
“We are enjoying very large cooperation from them, we are hopeful that come Saturday (September 22) everything will be peaceful to secure an environment for a credible election.”