Police Commissioner Refutes Allegation Of Partisanship, Threatens Legal Action Against Osun Progressives

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    Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode

    By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

    Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Olawale Olokode has stated that the Police under his watch will never be an appendage of any political party or group and no amount of inducement will change his character.

    Olokode stated this on Sunday during a press conference while reacting to the allegation that he was aware of the attack on members of The Osun Progressives (TOP), a caucus within the All Progressives Congress (APC)  in Osogbo.

    TOP had last Friday alleged that the police commissioner was aware of the attack on Oranmiyan House, the campaign office of the Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola as well as his failure to provide covers during the activities of the group.

    The Police boss stressed that despite the fact that the command was not informed of any meeting at Oranmiyan House where the attack reportedly took place, the command quickly mobilised its men to the scene to restore peace.

    He noted that the recent attack on some APC members in Ikirun, the headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government was thoroughly investigated, and those suspected to be behind the crime were arrested.

    He said that the police would continue, not only to respond to issues, but be proactive in tackling any matter that can jeopardize the peace of the state.

    He said: “The attention of the Osun State Police Command has been drawn to the statement credited to the Osun Progressives. While the Command under my watch will not engage in political matters, but the prominence of my name and the Command in the statement, coupled with journalists’ request for our side, prompt this response. It aims at clearing the air on the matters raised.

    “I wish to state as follows, the Osun State Police Command is never and will never be an appendage of any political party or group and our actions and activities have shown such.

    “We have been professional in the discharge of our duties by upholding our constitutional mandates as a Force. At no point have we deviated and we will never do at anytime.

    “I wish to state that we have been working on every petition received. The latest one that has to do with the SUBEB Chairman came to my knowledge recently, and our State Criminal Investigation Department under a Deputy Commissioner is seriously working on it.

    “The petitioners came a couple of days ago, and they were assured of our readiness to get to the root of the matter.

    “On the allegations of de-humanization, I wish to state that it has never been in my character, and those who know me can testify that I have never engaged in such. No amount of inducement can make me change my character.

    “It is also pertinent to state that the recent attack on some APC members in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government was thoroughly investigated, and those suspected to be behind the crime were arrested.

    “Among those arrested are two members of the TOP group, one from IleriOluwa and two persons who confirmed not to be politicians at all. They were all charged to court, and at no point did my office interfere with the investigation. So no persecution or de-humanization at any point.

    “I wish to state that no meeting we were invited to and refused to attend. We do attend programmes when invited and I have personally led my men to some of such meetings.”

    Olokode, however, warned that the command would not hesitate to institute legal action against the group if it continue to malign his personality and that of the command.

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