Stakeholders from Bayelsa State Saturday sent a protest letter to the Inspector -General of Police, Ibrahim Idris over the alleged misconduct and corrupt practices of Chief Superintendent of Police, Daniel Okpere, the Commander of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) Base 22 is located in Toru-Orua town of Sagbama Local Government Area of the State.
According to the stakeholders, made up Civil Society groups and personnel of the CTU, the accused Commander, Daniel Okpere is involved in the use of CTU personnel as security guards to private individuals in the State, verbal and illegal posting of personnel to unauthorized beats, porous and defenseless security at the base, and contracting of CPU patrol vehicles to the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
The Stakeholders, in a petition dated 17th of July, 2018 and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Commissioner of Police, Counter Terrorism Unit, Force Headquarters, stated that the protest letter was affirmed to by aggrieved personnel of the CTU.
According to the petition, “We, the concerned stakeholders in Bayelsa in conjunction with the Personnel of the above mentioned base unanimously wish to complain against the above named offer for incompetency and corrupt practice, based on the following reasons. The counter Terrorism Unit base 22 Toru-Orua, Bayelsa State is a new base formed on the 03/11/2017 with a commander and two SPO’s from the stipulated date to the time of this write up. ”
“The Personnel of the base have encountered so many challenges regards to their welfare due to lack of administrative office. We were in the dark, we don’t know what is going on in the Nigeria Police today some of us are promoted to their next rank but they cannot update their record due to lack of the Admin office. We are truncated from the force headquarters, no lectures regarding to what is happening within the force.”
“From the day we reported base 22 Toru-orua (i.e January to date) all deployment of personnel were done verbally via phone call there is no any written posting till date and most of the beats where the personnel were posted to are unauthorized. There is no either IGP, DIG, AIG or CP approval the worst of it is that CTU operatives were illegally deployed to guard individual residents and streets Two operatives are posted on guard duty at the resident of one Pastor at Azikoro Road Yenagoa. And others were drafted for street security guards like vigilante group in Samphino and Tombia streets respectively.”
“Base 22 is located in Toru-Orua town of Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State a place of some the displaced militants who are still in possession of their arms despite the amnesty program and they are using their arms to perpetuate heinous crime/attack in the area and its environs. Today the base is only left with only one Inspector and two rank and files as base guards.”
“The Base has only a total number of three Toyota Hilux operational Vehicles. Two were allocated to the base by his Excellency the executive Governor of Bayelsa State. And one is issued from force Headquarters. Out of the two that were allocated by the State Government one is hijacked by the command CP. Then the two Hilux were personally contracted to Shell Company and deployed in different locations. And the base is left without even a bicycle as means of transportation”
“The commander CSP Daniel Okere is the only person doing every job by himself because of his greed, corrupt and selfis.The failure to exercise a standard of care on reasonable personnel’s who on the course of discharging their duty sustained injury and lost their phones. And expand several rounds of live ammunition. The personnel arrested two armed robbers with two locally made pistols and three round of AK47 live ammunition on the 8/7/2018 at about 1000 hrs at the base. And nothing was done to compliment the personnel for their gallantry performance. Not even sending a situation report to the force headquarters informing them about the incident.”
“We hereby forward to inform you the above addresses that we cannot continue to be under the leadership of such corrupt irresponsible, and incompetent leader. This is the only commander in the history of CTU that collapse in a riot scene just because of teargas and lost his arm (Riot Gunner) and was issued query as a result”.
“We are appealing the authority to remove this incompetent and corrupt leader and replace him with competent one please”.
Reacting, the Indigene of Toru Oriaki community in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa has faulted as “false claims” and “wicked” the calls by some groups in the state for the sack of the Commander of the base 22 Toru-Orua Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) of the State Police Command, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Daniel Okeke Chukuma. According to the concerned indigenes of Toru Orua community, where the commanding base of the CTU is located, calls and allegations leveled against the CTU commander is calous and an attempt to instigate breach of security due to their selfish attempt to impose one Supretendent of Police, Johnbull Obioguru as Commander of the counter terrorism Unit in the state. The Indigenes of the Toru Orua community under the aegis of Toru Orua Youths for progress and development, led by Samuel Justice, accused the petitioners as those involved in distracting police work and exposing the CTU and Nigerian Police to ridicule and possible attacks.
According to the statement issued in Yenagoa and signed by Comrade Samuel Justice, alleged that the petition was sponsored against Commander Daniel Okeke because the State Government and the people of Sagbama Local Government rejected the replacement of Okeke with another person. According to the statement, “those lobbying for the position of Commander of CTU are behind these.
There is no iota of truth in the petition. Rather Daniel Okeke has performed beyond expectation inspire of the inadequate personnel and logistics. The presentation commander has recorded achievement in the last five months of arrival. He led his men to quell the uprising in the University town of Ammassoma and due to diligent stop and search Operations along the road leading to the CTU operational base, two rifles and ammunition were recovered with the suspects arrested. ”
“The activities of the CTU and other deployment done by Commander had the approval of the Commissioner of Police. There is no truth in the claim that the two vehicle handed to the CTU were hired to the SPDC. One Hilux vehicle is used for outside patrol and the other for the office.
“while exposing their desperation and ignorance, the CTU base which was alleged to be porous in security, is secured with mounted check points and barriers. CTU personnel, which were not enough, cannot be used as security guard as claimed by the mischief makers.”
The indigenes of the community however commended Commander Daniel Okeke and described him as a gallant officer who have so far mixed hard work, professionalism and community relation with policing, “when the base was being built in conjunction with the State Ministry of work, the CTU commander was seen engaging in labour works with personal for quick completion of the base. ”