BEING A TEXT OF A PRESS STATEMENT BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE, ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COMMUNITY POLICING YOUTH VANGUARD, ON THE 24TH OF JULY, 2014, HELD AT THE COUNCIL SECRETARIAT, 41 ROAD, FESTAC TOWN, LAGOS
Gentlemen of the press, we find it expedient to address this press conference to categorically bare our minds on this organized plot to discredit the good work of the present administration in this Local Government.
Yesterday, the 23rd of July, 2014, the criminal and notorious group formed by the Area E Commander, ACP Dan Okoro, called the Community Policing Youth Vanguard staged a sponsored protest.
While, we agree that under democratic rule, they have the right to protest, but their right stopped when they mislead the public with falsehood, thereby breeding animosity amongst the populace in the Local Government.
After a failed spirited attempt on the attack of the Local Government headquarters, where some Council Staffs were injured with dangerous weapons; the group led by Emmanual Uba a.k.a Onwa, mobilized Okada Riders and thugs from Obalende, Ajegunle and other environs for the protest.
It is interesting to note that, the Okada Riders were threatened by the Leader of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard, Emmanuel Uba to join the protest.
It is indeed worrisome that the Area E Commander, ACP Dan Okoro, gave permit for the rally and also gave plain cloth police officers caring guns to protect them.
We paused to ask, why have the Nigeria Police not arrested the group that came to attacked the Local Government headquarters, after receiving video clips and evidence at their disposal? Why did they go harassing, intimidating and arresting innocent citizens that know nothing about the attack? Why did ACP Dan Okoro claim that four people were shot dead and several injured? If people were killed, where are their bodies kept and which hospital treated the injured?
It is really disturbing to note that ACP Dan Okoro has refused to arrest the criminals for interrogation days after the attack.
Distinguished, without fear of contradiction, we want to place on record that the Local Government is under siege. We have been having a headlong battle with the Area E Commander, Festac Town, ACP Dan Okoro, over this criminal and notorious group that he set up.
This group has been terrorizing, intimidating, raping, and harassing Council and state officials, residents and visitors alike in the Local Government.
In fact, on so many occasions, members of the Neigbourhood Watchers and the Local Government Environmental Task Force, which is backed by our bye-law, were attacked, brutalized and macheted.
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.
It is instructive to state that while the Local Government is doing a lot for the benefit of our people, including the rehabilitation of all the Public primary schools in the Local Government, completion of the one blocks of 6 classrooms at Tomaro/Ilado and Itu-Agan community, both at the riverine areas, renovation of Amuwo Odofin pry. School, Mile 2, renovation of central primary school, 5th avenue, renovation of 5th avenue primary school, renovation of LA primary school in Sagbokoji, and provision of 1,500 desks and benches for pupils, amongst others.
In addendum, 90,000 patients have benefited from the free drugs policy of the present administration to vulnerable age group (0-16 yrs and 60 above), 2,104 babies have been delivered in all of our health centres while 420,000 notebooks, 7,000 school bags, 250 life jackets, 13,003 free mathematical sets, were given freely. Also, 2,250 free JAMB forms and 2,000 GCE forms, had been given freely in the last 5 years.
Furthermore, the Local Government has continued with the rehabilitation and construction of roads which is its topmost priority. As we speak, over 21 roads had been rehabilitated in the community. Not too long ago, the Local government completed and opened for use the following roads, 22 road ( 9,369.00sqm) with inter-locking stones and asphalt, 4th avenue road (6,170.80sqm) with interlocking stones and asphalt, 41/401 road (3,934.40sqm), with inter-locking stones , 4th avenue service lane (416.00sqm) with inter-locking stones, 21 road I close, 322 road and 311 road.
The present administration has also made history in the area of economic empowerment and job creation. Today, it boast of over 840 non-pensionable staff in its pay roll; the highest ever in the history of the local government.
This is mutually exclusive from the various human capacity developments, economic empowerment initiatives that included 500 beneficiaries of a 1.5% interests on N50, 000 soft loans and 428 more ready to benefit from its poverty alleviation scheme. 8,000 people have benefited so far.
It is rather unfortunate that ACP Dan Okoro and his boys have refused to allow more development and sanitation in the community.
We are using this medium to call on the President, the Lagos State Governor and the Inspector General of Police, to investigate this matter and if found guilty persecute ACP Dan Okoro for forming this illegal group that have been causing crisis in the Local Government and for his failure to protect human lives. Pending the outcome of the investigation, ACP Dan Okoro be removed as the Area E Commander of the Nigerian Police, Lagos State.
Finally, it is our believe that the press which has the mandate to mirror the society will assist in this fight against evil, in the interest of the good people of Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
May I say finally that every society is government by laws while the environment is organised by physical planning and orderliness.
Thank you and God bless
COMRADE AYODELE ADEWALE
AMUWO ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT