May 26, 2024

Mobile Police officers gone rogue, harass Yola DisCo staff over barrack disconnection


Oredola Adeola


Eight mobile police officers, including a one-star officer named Sunday Dzarma, and an inspector named AK Njiya Akowe, along with the OC Protocol (Mobile Police), allegedly invaded the Business Unit of Yola Electricity Distribution Company in Yelwa, a town in Adamawa State, and harassed the DisCos staff over the disconnection of the Mobile Police barrack in the town last week.


Mr. Gbenga Adebola, Yola, Head, Corporate Communications Yola DisCo, made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay on Monday.


According to him, the eight mobile officers forcefully ordered everyone in the Business Unit out, including the cashiers and instructed them all to sit-down forcefully on the ground in the premises.


Adebola said, “The complaint was that the Mobile Barrack was disconnected without notifying them. It was only after two of the Technical Staff Ahmed and Silas explained to them why they were disconnected before they finally left.”


He further informed EnergyDay that the management of Yola DisCo met with Mr. Afolabi Adeniyi, Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, to report an incident involving officers who acted without authorization.


According to him, the Commissioner confirmed receipt of the report and ordered an investigation into the matter. The officers involved were subsequently arrested and detained for further interrogation.


The spokesperson of Yola DisCo further noted that the meeting with the Commissioner of Police went well, and that the Commissioner and the MOPOL Commandant were apologetic about the actions of their men. They claimed that the officers acted without their knowledge and authorization.


The Commissioner of Police promised to discipline the officers and noted that they took the law into their own hands.


Adebola confirmed that over the years, the MOPOL Barrack Protocol officers usually call Yola DisCo to make enquiries, whenever outage occurs. He aded that the relationship between YEDC and the Barrack has been very cordial until now.