A TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE, ON THE ATTACK OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT HEADQUARTERS BY SOME MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY POLICING YOUTH VANGUARD, SET UP BY THE AREA ‘E’ COMMANDER, ACP DAN OKORO,ON THE 15TH OF JULY,2014
Gentlemen of the Press, Good morning.
I want to inform the unsuspecting members of the general public of a gory attack on the Local Government Secretariat by members of the dreaded Community Policing Youth Vanguard, a group formed by the Area E Police Commander, ACP Dan Okoro, on the 14th of July, 2014.
At about 5.20pm a group of men from the Community Policing Youth Vanguard numbering about 100 waded into the premises of the Local Government with guns, bottles and other instrument of destruction attacking everyone within the premises and advancing towards my office possibly coming to kill me.
Dangerous weapons including, bottles and machetes were used freely, while pebbles were thrown at will. Several people sustained grave injuries.
It took the gallant efforts of men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Local Government to push the hoodlums outside the premises, though some members of staff had already been wounded.
It is interesting to note that the presence of the Police from the Area E Command did not disperse the hoodlums around the premises rather they were romancing them instead of effecting arrest. We paused to ask, are the police for the protection of defenseless citizens or the other way round?
Eventually we got the intervention of RRS from Alausa, Ikeja and OP MESA that dispersed the hoodlums and cordoned off 41 Road thereby preventing further attack.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, just as we returned from the Tree Planting Campaign exercise, members of the same group attacked officials of the Local Government (Neighbourhood Watch) and the Local Government environmental task force at 3rd Gate (Alakija) Festac Town. One Niyi a member of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard led that attack.
Furthermore, members of the Neighbourhood Watch and Environmental Task Force approached the Police from the Area E Command at the point of the attack at 3rd Gate, Festac Town for support and an arrest was made. However, when the Leader of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard, Emmanuel Onwa, arrived at the scene, he ordered the Police to release the arrested hoodlums and turned the matter against the officials of the Local Government instantly.
The evening attack undoubtedly was a follow up to that of the 3rd Gate, Festac Town earlier in the day.
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, and other agencies informing them 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.
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.
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.
Also, Mr. Dan Okoro had given instruction to the Okada riders to operate at restricted areas in the Local Government, thereby creating more insecurity in the area.
Fatai Onifade claims to be a member of the Dr. Federick Fasheun led OPC and recently built a base at 41 road, Festac Town sewage pump station, but from my investigation after talking to Dr. Fasheun, he said he knows nothing about it and that he, Fatai is not their member and that the structure be pulled down and Fatai be arrested.
May I also inform the general public that the Lagos State House of Assembly had set up a panel headed by the Chief Whip of the House to investigate this matter.
Finally, I am using this medium to appeal to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to come to the aid of the citizens and residents of this local Government, who now live in fear because of the activities of the Community Policing Youth vanguard.
Thank you and God bless.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale
Amuwo Odofin Local Government