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Nigerian Police Boss Queries Police Commissioner, Barde Over Declaration Of APC Candidate, Binani As Winner Of Adamawa Gov. Election

June 4, 2023

Barde, who is the commissioner of police in Imo State, served as the police commissioner on election duty in Adamawa for the governorship election.

Nigeria's Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has queried the Adamawa State police commissioner, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, over the illegal declaration of Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa State.


Barde, who is the commissioner of police in Imo State, served as the police commissioner on election duty in Adamawa for the governorship election.


He was one of the three service commanders who allegedly assisted the embattled Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC), Hudu Yunusa-Ari to declare the APC candidate, Binani, as the winner of the poll before the conclusion of collation of results.


SaharaReporters on April 16, 2023, reported the dramatic twist following the declaration of Binani as the winner of the election before the completion of the collation of results.


On April 27, 2023, SaharaReporters also reported that the state government had moved to prosecute all parties involved in the declaration of Binani as the winner of the election in the state.


In a letter addressed to Barde and dated June 1, 2023, the police IG highlights his failure to deliver on his duties and accused him of conspiring with Yunusa-Ari.


The letter comes some weeks after the police authorities withdrew him from election duties in the state over the controversial incident.


The letter, querying Barde, was signed by the Force Secretary, AIG Habu Sani, on behalf of the Inspector General of Police.


The letter reads in parts, “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 Adamawa 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.


“Knowing fully well that the said INEC REC is not empowered by law to announce any election result and being aware that the collation of results was yet to be concluded, you deliberately, willfully, and illegally colluded with the said REC to commit an electoral offense, undermine public trust, compromise a sensitive national assignment and impugned the integrity of the Nigeria Police Force.


“These intentional and disgraceful acts of yours were despite prior notifications and warnings by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Operations who called you via GSM on the 15th of April 2023 intimating you of intelligence regarding the plans by the REC to illegally announce results, which he eventually did with your due presence.


“The totality of your actions which were captured in viral videos generated public outcry and condemnation, portrayed the Force in an extremely negative light, and would have occasioned an enormous crisis in the State if not for the prompt deployment of reinforcements.


“You have therefore undoubtedly debased the exalted rank of Commissioner of Police and brought the image of the Force to an all-time low.”


The IG ordered the police commissioner to explain his “disgraceful” acts of serious misconduct within 48 hours, stating why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.


The police said his actions culminated in a compromise of the security situation in the state and also queried him for divided loyalty, sabotage, and acts unbecoming of a public officer.


“You are therefore required to explain within 48hrs of receipt of this query why disciplinary action should not be taken against you.


“Your explanation if any should be submitted through the appropriate channel within the stipulated period or it would be presumed that you have none to offer and the Inspector General of Police will be at liberty to take any action he deems appropriate in the circumstance,” the letter also reads.