A TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE, ?ABOUT A STATEMENT MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE LAGOS STATE, MR. UMAR MANKO VIEWED ON CHANNELS NEWS REPORT OF 20/5/14 ?ABOUT FAKE MILITARY OFFICERS IN AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT?, ON THE 22ND OF MAY, 2014, HELD AT THE COUNCIL
A TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE, “ABOUT A STATEMENT MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE LAGOS STATE, MR. UMAR MANKO VIEWED ON CHANNELS NEWS REPORT OF 20/5/14 “ABOUT FAKE MILITARY OFFICERS IN AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT”, ON THE 22ND OF MAY, 2014, HELD AT THE COUNCIL
Gentlemen of the Press, good morning.
Our attention has been drawn to a Channels Television News report of the 20th of May, 2014 which was shown at 10pm, where the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko claimed that fake military officers are working for Amuwo Odofin Local Government. The statement by the Commissioner of Police is quite unfortunate and better left in the court of public opinion. Ordinarily, we do not want to join issues with the CP whom we hold in high esteem but we have a responsibility to set the records straight for the good people of Amuwo Odofin Local Government in particular, and Nigerians in general, in the defence of the truth.
I want to state here categorically and emphatically that the Local Government do not abhor fake military officers and will never have recourse to do so. It is on record that we have cordial working relationship with the Armed Forces including the NSCDC, the Nigerian Army, Navy, Police, SSS and other security apparatus, as well as, paramilitary personnel such as the Man O war, the WAI brigade, the Red Cross et al. In fact, as we speak, the NSCDC man our security in the Local Government Head Quarter, the SSS are deployed in times of need and even the Commissioner of Police gave us 2 Police men for our protection. So, on what basis will the Local Government need the services of fake military officers?
To say the least, the news did not only grossly misinform unsuspecting viewers; it also portrays traces of campaign of calumny by some mercenary and bad blood on the good image of this present administration in Amuwo Odofin Local Government led by myself.
The truth of the matter is that the uniform in question is being used all over the country by the Man O War. Even when the Commissioner of Police came visiting the Local Government on the 14th of August, 2012 at about 1.05pm, he was accompanied in a tour of the Local Government by the Man O War boys and other council officials in the Local Government . These same Man O War boys were putting on that uniform, which unfortunately the CP terms as “fake military officers”. We paused to ask, is this the only Local Government were Man O War boys are putting on a uniform that has a resemblance with the Nigerian Army?
It is germane to state that the Local Government is highly surprised about the statement of the CP. One will think that the CP should have personally interrogated this young boys since they were brought to his office than rely on the information given to him by ACP Dan Okoro before making such statement in public. I will like to recall that it was the same ACP Dan Okoro that misinform the CP about the explosion that occurred under the Festac Link Bridge some time ago, which by our investigation was caused by an explosive device, which ACP Dan Okoro said it was an electrical cable explosion as said by the CP on national television. I charged this gathering to investigate whether any armoured cable passes under Festac Link Bridge, as there is none. This explosion killed a police officer and the leader of the sand dredging association. Dan Okoro is known for misinformation and not checking his facts correctly in the time past.
May I state here that, we have been having a headlong battle with the Area E Commander, Festac Town, ACP Dan Okoro, over a criminal and notorious group he formed, called Community Policing Youth Vanguard, which is not backed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Police Service Act. We have written several letters to the Commissioner of Police informing him of the nefarious and destructive attitude of this group, as well as, for the need to investigate their activities but to no avail. This group has been terrorizing, intimidating, raping, and harassing Council and State officials, residents and visitors alike in the Local Government. In fact, on one occasion, a member of the Neigbourhood Watchers was attacked, brutalized and macheted on his hand by a member of this group. Also, one of our site workers was attacked at gun point after which charms was used on him. It took the intervention of myself and the Director of LASEMA to arrest the situation. What is more worrisome is that their actions have gone unabated because ACP Dan Okoro has been very supportive of their course in unleashing terror on defenseless citizens and the good people of Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
Furthermore, I also wish to state that the Local Government has evidence within its disposal to prove the high handedness and abuse of office by ACP Dan Okoro. We cannot forget in a hurry the violation of traffic laws on Sunday 13th October, 2013, where the Area E Commander was seen directing a truck carrying container to drive through one way into Festac Town, destroying our barricade at the Festac link bridge.
We also have evidence to prove that ACP Dan Okoro still littered the police station with abandoned vehicles and trucks that are parked on the walkways and road infront of his office, even when it goes against the law of the Federal Housing Authority and that of the Lagos State Government. Also, Emmanuel Onwa the leader of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard was seen driving around Festac Town at about 8:35 a.m during the Environmental Sanitation exercise of March 31st, 2014, disobeying the State Environmental law. It is also on record that i was shot at by members of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard led by Mr. Emmanuel Onwa and our police aide was battered during the April 5th APC ward congress in Festac Town.
Meanwhile, available intelligence information at the Local Government disposal have it that some leaders of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard, including Emmanuel Onwa, and Fatai Onifade aka “Apashe” have concluded plans, at a meeting held in 5th avenue, last bus stop in Festac Town to assassinate me and kidnap members of my family.
May I use this medium to inform the general public that if anything should happen to me or members of my family, Emmanuel Onwa, Fatai Onifade a.k.a Apashe, Niyi and The Area E Commander, ACP Dan Okoro who formed that group should be the first set of people to be investigated and held responsible.
It is now a statement of fact that the Local government is now a heaven for daredevil armed robbers who now robbed at will.
Recently, Lady Fashola, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola’s in-law was attacked at her residence in the Local Government, and Mr. Akorede Oyedele was shot at about 6.00am when he was coming from his mosque at Mile 2 estate. Also, Mr. Oyoma Edewor was killed by a police officer attached to the Area E Command. The Chief Executive of the Young Shall Grow Motors, Chief Vincent Obianodo was recently attacked, while his driver and orderly were killed in Festac Town. We paused to ask again, why has the Nigeria police not found a lasting solution to the recent crime wave in the Local Government, which has led to residents now living in fear and some moving out of the Local government? Why have they refused to protect the citizens, instead of chasing shadows? Is the CP not aware of the happenings in the Local Government? Why has the CP not reacted, or set up a high powered enquiry to look into the crisis in the Local Government, as regards security?
Finally, The Local Government through this medium wishes to inform the general public to discard the statement of the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Mr. Umar Manko, that fake military officers are working for Amuwo Odofin Local Government and Churches in Festac Town, and by this rejoinder we affirm our continue desire to bring more dividends of democracy to the governed.
May I also inform the general public that the Lagos State House of Assembly has set up a committee headed by the Chief Whip of the House to look into this matter. The committee had invited myself and also visited the Local Government but unfortunately ACP Dan Okoro shunned the invitation of the Lagos State House of Assembly committee on the subject matter.
Pls, find attached the link to the activities of ACP Dan Okoro and the Community Policing Youth Vanguard, set up by the Area E Commander, ACP DAN Okoro.
Attached also is a memo issued by the Man O War stating the final date of their old green uniform which is July 1st, 2014.
1.A Peaceful protest march to Apapa magistrate court 10 ...
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3.Traffic violation and Abuse of office by ACP Dan Okoro
Traffic violation and Abuse of office by ACP Dan Okoro
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4.COMMUNITY POLICING YOUTH VANGUARD SET UP BY ACP DAN OKORO ATTACKING COUNCIL OFFICIALS
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Gentlemen of the press, I have tried as much as possible to work behind the public view via the electronic media most especially the television, to see how this issue can be resolved, but the statement of the CP gives me no alternative than to clear the negativity casted on the image on this Local Government and my administration.
I thank you for coming and God bless.
COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE
AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT