A major disagreement seems to have broke out on Monday at the Ekiti state Police Command over the conflicting information concerning the status of the policeman that shot Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the House of Representatives.
Bamidele and five others were shot at a reception rally organised for Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, at the APC state secretariat in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.
Bello Ahmed, the Ekiti state Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, while speaking in a telephone interview on Channels TV, said the policeman, a Mobile Police Officer (MOPOL) attached to 20 PMF, had been dismissed.
“The policeman involved is dismissed already and even though he’s nursing some injury; and at the appropriate time, he will face the law, of course. Nigerians will be briefed on the outcome of our actions,” the CP said.
However, Caleb Ikechukwu, the state’s Police Publication Relations Officer, informed the Punch that the policeman has not being dismissed.
He explained that the alleged officer can only be dismissed if he is found guilty through the force’s investigative procedure.
“The policeman is still under orderly room trial and has not been dismissed.
“We have a laid down procedure, it is only on completion of the investigation that the policeman could be dismissed if found culpable. But as it is now, the case is still under investigation. The law must take its due course.”
Ahmed also explained that the unnamed politician that brought the erring cop was also in detention and that at the appropriate time, he would be charged to court.