The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Plateau State, Yohanna Margif, has been arrested by the Police.
Naija News reports that the Spokesman for the Police Command, Alabo Alfred, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
Alfred confirmed that Margif was whisked away in the late hours of Thursday by men of the command over the allegation of issuing a dud cheque to a business associate.
The police spokesman, however, denied claims that the arrest of the LP governorship candidate was politically motivated.
He said, “Contrary to the report being circulated by some online news media alleging that the arrest of Amb. Yohanna Margif by operatives of the Plateau State Command is politically motivated, the Command wishes to inform members of the public that such report is malicious, misleading and unfounded.
“Amb. Margif was criminally reported against by his business associate, one E.C.Gajare who alleged that Amb. Margit issued him a dud bank cheque over a business deal they had in recent time, hence the Police invited the Amb. Margif to answer the allegation levied against him to wish confirmed to be true.
“The Plateau State Police Command wishes to set the record straight that the Nigeria Police is a non-partisan organization that rigorously pursues criminal matters with vigour irrespective of who is involved.
“Members of the public are hereby urged to disregard such noxious report aimed at tarnishing the image of the Plateau State Police Command.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Bartholomew N. Onyeka psc (+) want the general public to know that nothing can distract the Command from discharging its constitutional duties and responsibilities.
“The CP further advised all media houses to always verify information before making any publication,
While he admonished members of the public to go about their lawful businesses and promptly report any suspicious movements within their community.”