South-West govs slam Malami, IGP over police officer’s ‘disrespect’ of Sanwo-Olu

Abubakar Malami, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and IGP Usman Baba

The South-West Governors’ Forum has slammed the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, over the ‘disrespect’ displayed by a Chief Superintendent of Police towards its member, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The CSP identified as Abimbola Oyewole had disregarded the order by Governor Sanwo-Olu for him and his men to vacate the Magodo Phase 2 Estate area on Tuesday.

CSP Oyewole and some police operatives had accompanied a family to carry out Supreme Court judgment concerning properties at the estate.

This led to a protest by residents of the estate, attracting the attention of Governor Sanwo-Olu who visited the scene on Tuesday and ordered the police operatives to vacate the estate for calm to return.

This was disregarded by CSP Oyewole who said he was acting on the orders of the IGP and the AGF.

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Reacting, the South-West Governors’ Forum described the attitude of the CSP as disrespectful while demanding an explanation from the IGP.

This just as the Forum condemned the role of the AGF in the “act of gross moral turpitude.”

This was disclosed in a statement titled ‘Southwest Governors: Police Officer’s Disrespect To Sanwo-Olu An Unacceptable Intrusion… Say Lagos Must Deploy Amotekun Now.’

The statement was signed by the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Wednesday.

It read in part, “We condemn, very strongly, this brazen assault on decency. We call on the IG to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is not acceptable. Any expectations of rapprochement between so-called federating units and federal security agencies are becoming forlorn, progressively, due to deliberate acts which mock our very avowal to ethics and professionalism.

“We condemn, in very clear terms, the role of the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN in this act of gross moral turpitude.

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“We, on our part, will continue to interrogate the current system, which treats elected representatives of the people as mere prefects, while appointed office holders ride rough shod over them as Lords of the Manor. If the purported Chief Security Officers of the States of the Federation require clearance from the office of the IG on matters within their areas of jurisdictions, only hypocrites will wonder why the current security crisis deepens and there appears to be no solution in the foreseeable future.

“We stand by our brother, the Governor of Lagos State. We advise him to deploy the Regional security outfit in the State to protect the lives and property of the people.

“We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to rein in the excesses of certain elements bent on acting in a manner capable of eroding the bond of trust existing between the people and the Federal Government. It is preposterous for political appointees to seek to undermine the very structure of service upon which their appointments rest.”

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