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Abia CPS refutes alleged issuance of statement on states’ autonomy to manage police force

Uko: “…If and when the need arises, the Government will make her stance clear on the issue of state police.” (Photo: Business Hallmark) 

THE Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Abia State Governor, Kazie Uko, has vehemently refuted an online newspaper report (not SummitNews), alleging that he issued a statement on behalf of Abia State Government asserting the autonomy of state governments to manage the Police Force.

Uko in a statement described the online report as false, and advised the general public and relevant institutions to disregard it.

He said that neither the Abia State Government nor the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the governor had issued any statement purportedly calling for the autonomy of states to manage the police.

According to him, the Abia state Government will make its position clear on the issue of state police if and when the need arises.

The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to a misleading report online alleging that I, as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Abia State, had issued a statement on behalf of Abia State Government, asserting the autonomy of state governments to manage the police force.

“The General public and relevant institutions are advised to disregard this falsehood as neither the Abia State Government nor the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor had issued any statement purportedly calling for the autonomy of states to manage the police.

“I recall speaking with a reporter, who had called me up on the phone during the week, asking for my reaction on a supposed passage of a bill on state police by the National Assembly. I had told him I did not have any reaction as I had not heard the news and, therefore, did not have the details of the said bill.

“I must acknowledge that I had interrogated some of the things he told me during our phone discussion, since I could hardly make sense out of them. How this now became a statement from me, beats my imagination.

“The Abia State Government had always made its position clear on any issue of importance to the public and if and when the need arises, the Government will make her stance clear on the issue of state police.”

 

 

 

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