Police explain why BudgIT staff was arrested

The public relations office of the Nigerian Police Force, Jimoh Moshood has explained reasons behind the arrest of a project tracking officer at BudgIT Nigeria, Mr Moses Motoni.

Mr. Moshood made this known on Wednesday while addressing the issue on Channels Television’s News Track.

“Moses Motoni is in police custody as we speak, and his bail condition is being perfected because the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris has directed that he should be released on bail.”

“He was arrested not by SARS as is being circulated. He was not arrested by SARS, he was arrested by the police team who are investigating the case of incitement of public disturbance against him,” Moshood said.

The police spokesman explained that it is the constitutional duty of the police to arrest anyone suspected of committing any offence.

He, however, noted that such must not be done with the sole aim of torturing the suspect while commencing investigations.

“For any Nigerian or any other person (citizen) alleged to have committed an offence or is planning to commit an offence, the police have a responsibility to arrest such a person and commence an investigation into all those activities.

“And it is in the pursuit of the law, the Judges Rule No. 1 permits the police to ask anybody question and where anybody is on a reasonable suspicion to be part of an offence that is being committed, to directly investigate.

“It was on record that on December 1 and 2 this year, Motoni with his team, Bida, Agbako and Tado area in Niger State on project monitoring. But a certain leaf that was circulated and a certain meeting and interaction that he had which promptly led to the disturbance of peace around the area and that is why he was arrested,” Moshood stated.

Although he denied any wrongdoing in the arrest of Motoni, he, however, maintained that he was arrested for an alleged public incitement and breaching of public peace.

“No, he was not arrested because of sensitisation activities. If you are going on educating the public, you have not committed any offence. But his arrest is based on inciting public disturbance which the police is currently investigating.

“The IGP has directed that the venue of the offence should be where the investigation should be continued to this matter. He was not arrested by SARS. He was actually arrested by a police team investigating the matter and brought into Abuja.

“I equally visited him before actually coming for your interview now. He is being released, he is in good health, nobody has maltreated him. Every position of the law as it regards the protection of rights of anybody is fully observed.”

He also dismissed allegations of police brutality on Motoni while in custody.

“Yes, in the next few minutes he is going to be out. I was with him, he is in good health, nobody has maltreated him. It is equally important for people to know that where anybody is planning to commit an offence, or have committed an offence, can be arrested by the police.”



This post has been seen 623 times.

About Ebenezer Tanimola

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

x

Check Also

Burna Boy interrogated and detained, to be charged to court on Monday

Nigerian dancehall star, Damini Ogulu, widely known as Burna Boy, has finally turned himself in after being declared wanted by the Lagos State police command for two months. The singer reported to the command headquarters in Ikeja at about 5 ...

1,317 Nigerians rescued from Libya slavery in 10 days

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says a total of 1,317 Nigerians have voluntarily returned from Libya in the last 10 days having been stranded in the volatile country enroute Europe. The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made the ...

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com
UA-38867477-1