Newslens Nigeria reports that the Inspector General of Police has removed Tolani Alausa as Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police after some youths and women in the state protested and demanded his deployment over his alleged bias in the build-up to last Saturday’s governorship election.
Alausa was also accused of giving the order to fire teargas at protesting women in the run-up to the election.
His redeployment was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Asinim Butswat, noting that Francis Idu had officially assumed duty as the 37th Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command.
He said; “The Bayelsa State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that a new Commissioner of Police has been posted to the State. He is CP Alonyenu Francis Idu.
“The CP has officially assumed duty as the 37th Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, having taken over from Tolani Alausa, who has been redeployed to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The CP hails from Benue State and was appointed to the Nigeria Police Force in 1992 as cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police. He is a seasoned Police Officer with vast experience in Operations, such as Police Mobile Force, insurgency and Banditry operations, investigation in counter-terrorism, Fraud and other money laundering-related crimes.
“The CP solicits for the Cooperation of the good people of Bayelsa state. He also reassures that the Police Command, under his watch, will ensure the protection of lives and property, guarantee public safety and sustain social harmony.”