A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)and Senator, Plateau South Senatorial Zone, Lt-.Gen. Jeremiah Useni, rtd, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to caution the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Nasiru Oki, over a recent newspaper report credited to Oki.
The story, entitled:“Plateau Police Table Needs Before I-G,” allegedly reported that the CP told the I-G that there was a “proliferation of arms in the zone because nearly every house in the zone has a retired Major-General.”
A statement issued by Useni in Abuja on Saturday said the CP erred in the alleged report, and described it as as “ false, unfounded, misinformed and ignorant.”
The statement reads, inter alia: “In fact, every zone in Plateau has had its share of some crises at one time or the other.
“But the problem is now in the Northern Zone, where curfew has been imposed on Barki Ladi and Riyom local government areas.
“To single out Plateau South, which has been very peaceful for quite some time now, is very unfortunate.
“Also, to say that there is proliferation of arms in the Southern Zone because every house has one retired General, shows how misinformed and ignorant the CP is on the issues in the area and the peace process that has been going on there.”
Senator Useni, who is also an erstwhile Military Governor of Old Bendel State, member of the supreme Armed Forces Ruling Council, as well as Minister of Aviation and Transport, therefore, urged the I-G to call the Police Commissioner to order.
“The I-G should call the CP to order and direct him to assist the state government in bringing about peace in the area under curfew, which is right under his nose,” the statement added.