The Commissioner of Police (CP) on duty in the last Adamawa governorship election, Mohammed Barde, is set to face disciplinary action for his role in the illegal declaration of a winner in the poll.
The Nigeria Police Force, in a letter dated June 1, issued a query to Barde highlighting his failure to deliver on his duties and accused him of colluding with the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Hudu Yanusa-Ari, who made the illegal declaration.
The letter sighted by THE WHISTLER and addressed to Barde, a serving CP of Imo State, came barely 11 weeks after the police authorities withdrew him from election duties in the state over the controversial incident.
In a video that went viral on social media, Yunusa-Ari, flanked by CP Barde, had declared Senator Aishatu Binani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election while collation of results were still ongoing.
INEC, in reaction, had described Yanusa-Ari’s declaration as ‘null and void’, saying his action amounted to usurpation of the powers of its returning officer for the election who had the legal powers to declare the outcome of the poll.
The letter querying CP Barde was signed by the Force Secretary, AIG Habu Sani, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.
It partly read: “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.
“Recall that you were posted as Adamawa State Election Duty 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.
“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.