There is mounting confusion within the ranks of the Bayelsa state police command following the removal of Mr. Don Awunah as commissioner of police and the deployment of two commissioners to succeed him within 48 hours.
The redeployed police commissioner, Don Awunah is described as one of the most functional police commissioners with numerous successes recorded in the area of strategic policing.
The issue of his successor is, however, bringing confusion with the deployment of police commissioner, Joseph Mokain, on Monday to succeed Don Awunah, another police commissioner, Mohammed Bello, was deployed on Tuesday for the same duty.
It was gathered that the confusion created was attributed to a power play between Governor Seriake Dickson and the former governor, Chief Timipre Sylva of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Sources claimed that the arrival of Mr. Joseph Mokain, a former deputy commissioner of police, ( Administration) at the Bayelsa police command, was not in the good books of the state Governor, Seriake Dickson.
It was further gathered that Joseph Mokain was accused of frustrating PDP elections moves during the 2016 governorship election which was eventually won by the PDP.
The deployment of Mr. Mohammed Bello as new police commissioner, few hours after the arrival of Joseph Mokain, was reportedly made after the condolence visit of the state governor to the inspector-general of police, Ibrahim Idris, over the death of former IG, Ibrahim Commaise.
Mr. Mohammed Bello was reported to have also served as deputy commissioner at the state police command and commander of the state security apparatus known as Door Akpoor.
Bello is yet to report to the Bayelsa command reportedly due his unfinished assignment in Ekiti state. Mr. Joseph Mokain was, however, reported to have assumed duty on Tuesday at the state police command.
The statement from the Bayelsa government house indicated that Governor Dickson’s visit was to commiserate with Idris on the death of former IGP, Ibrahim Coomassie.
Governor Dickson was quoted during the visit describing the late IGP was one of the finest in the history of policing in Nigeria.
While praying God for the repose of his soul, Dickson, who himself was a police officer, also prayed God to give the police and his family the fortitude to bear the loss, which, he said, is clearly irredeemable.
The statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, quoted Dickson as having made the remarks when he paid a condolence visit on Idris at force headquarters, Abuja.
Idris thanked Dickson for the visit and commended him for being a good ambassador of the Nigeria police.