Wednesday January 05,2022
Sequel to the occupation of police at Magodo Estate, Lagos on Tuesday where the Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu challenged the action of the police that purportedly acted on the orders of the ‘federal government’. The commissioner for information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho has cleared the air that the police team led by one CSP Abimbola Oyewole was not sent to Magodo on the orders of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
This he made known on Star FM radio interview monitored on Wednesday morning. He said
“The governor, a responsive and responsible man left everything he was doing and went there. And those who said he should not have spoken the way he did to the CSP got it all wrong. He couldn’t have spoken to himself after the Attorney General has spoken to him that he has nobody on ground there. The guys are not supposed to be there and he needed to ask those guys on whose orders they were acting and that’s exactly what he did.
“It’s all about true federalism and as a corollary of that responsive governance , you can’t talk about true federalism and not talk about State police. State police is a means to an end so that the society can continue on the rule of law and not rule of jungle.” Omotosho concluded
On Tuesday, CSP Abimbola told the Lagos State governor that he and his armed colleagues were at the Magodo Estate on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Sanwo-Olu had led members of his cabinet to visit the residents protesting the continuous presence of armed policemen in the estate.
For days, policemen besieged the estate in the company of suspected land grabbers and members of a family who had planned to demolish property in the choice estate to execute a Supreme Court justice. The development has caused a commotion at the estate as landlords and tenants panic over their fate.
The residents have subsequently called on the governor to intervene and Sanwo-Olu visited the scene on Tuesday and told the leader of the police delegation that the land matter was a case between private individuals and the state government.
Sanwo-Olu said, “Can you call your superiors in Abuja and tell them that the governor is here and as the Chief Security Officer, you don’t have any business being in my state right now and that I want you to disengage right now?”
But the unnamed CSP replied, “I am here on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police through the AGF. I am too small or too low to call them. Your Excellency sir, you can call them sir.”
Asked of the number of policemen at the estate, the defiant leader of the police team told the governor, “My men are here; they are all over the place, I cannot precisely tell you how many we are. For security purposes, I cannot tell you the number.”
After many failed attempts, the governor, miffed, turned to journalists and declared the presence of the policemen as illegal, adding that he would make some calls to the IGP and the AGF.
A dissatisfied Sanwo-Olu said, “They (policemen) are not from the Lagos State Police Command. They said they are from Abuja. I don’t know what other interests they have beyond keeping the peace of the country. This is not my expectation from them because they don’t have any business here.”
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