Few days ago ,internet space went agog with the story of a quintessential Cop – SP Nkeiru Nwode being transferred to Police Headquarters,Lagos as The Force new image maker. A posting many viewed as promotion to higher responsibility from Zonal command to Police Headquarters.
Before the elevated transfer ,SP Nkeiru Nwode was PPRO Zone 13 ,Anambra and has projected the image of police force creditablely well. So much have been written how she bursted so many high profile crimes until she was roped into a case of extrajudicial killings. The news made headlines before the then IGP intervened by setting up a special investigation team to investigate the Officers mentioned in the dirty dealings.
The panel was given two weeks to turn in their report . The IGP assured the general public that the findings of the investigation will determine the next line of action ,while promising that the NPF will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the case and sanctions meted to any officer found guilty . That was five months ago! That report has not seen the light of the day.Is police hiding anything? Many have been asking.
Many Human right organizations have protested against the continued detention of the whistleblower – Nnamdi Daniel without trial but public opinion has been on the side of Nkeiru Nwode. According to One Barrister Chris Nweke ,the recent transfer of SP Nkeiru Nwode to Police Headquarters ,Lagos has shown that she has no question to answer .However ,Barr Nweke insisted that Police owe it as a duty to officially make public the findings of investigation Panel and clear Nkeiru Nwode name from any wrongdoing as posting her to higher Office may look like damage control.Also ,Kemi Olunloyo in her Instagram page has this to say: ” We are urging new IGP Kayode Egbetokun and Gov Soludo to release the report of extrajudicial killings in Anambra State and vindicate SP Nwode as she was seriously Blackmailed ”
IGP Kayode Egbetokun must be seen to be fighting crime by staying on the side of justice and his administration of justice must be seen to be transparent at all time . That is one sure way of winning public trust and confidence in view of President Tinubu struggle to keep his Mandate .
Maureen Okafor writes for BVI Channel 1 online