By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Rasaq Salinsile led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to transfer the state Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode with immediate effect.
Addressing a press conference at the Oranmiyan building in Osogbo on Friday, Salinsile, accused Olokode of being bias in the ongoing crisis in the party by helping the IleriOluwa group of Governor Gboyega Oyetola to maltreat, humiliate and de-humanise members of The Osun Progressives (TOP), loyalists to former governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola.
The press conference, according to the APC factional chairman was held to condemn what was said to be ‘ongoing political onslaught on the APC members who are loyalists Aregbesola and the Thursday attack on Oranmiyan building, his political office in Osogbo.
Salinsile who claimed that Olokode has refused act on series of petitions and security information sent to him prior to the political attacks on the Aregbesola’s loyalists, also accused the commissioner of police for not detailing policemen to any of the programmes held by the faction, in spite of the letters of notification and requests sent to his office.
He alleged further that instead of Olokode arresting those that attacked the APC memebers faction, he would rather arrest innocent party leaders who are victims of the attack.
He also said Osun is no longer a safe state under Olokode, saying bank robberies, ritual killings, political violence have been rearing their ugly heads since he assumed duty as the commissioner of police in the state.
His words: “We had intelligence reports of the Gboyega Oyetola-led IleriOluwa faction’s plan to assassinate and main us, and we had promptly passed the information to the Commissioner of Police in particular and all other security agencies. But nothing was done about it till now.
“The perpetrators of evil have commenced the execution of their evil plans to the letter as they increased the tempo of attacks on us.
“We are of the firm believe that the refusal to act on our petitions on the impending attacks by the police and other security agencies emboldened the criminally minded associates of Governor Oyetola to become vicious on their attacks on us.
“The worst is that, we are being punished by the Commissioner of Police, Wale Olokode whenever such attack happens. This evil occurrence of punishing us for offence committed against us by the police has been the order of the day.
“It is clear and certain that the Commissioner of Police has sold the police’s souls to the Oyetola government and will carry out its bidding so promptly. Olokode and his men are greatly helping the Oyetola people to maltreat, humiliate and de-humanise us.
“Olokode has been the major problem in the clear insecurity in Osun. Aside from attacks on us which has not gotten his attention, the bank attacks and closure have been rampant. In the whole of Osun Central Senatorial district, Osogbo is the only city having functioning banks. There is no bank working in other towns and cities in the Osun Central Senatorial District.
“The raids and killings on Wema Bank, Iragbiji, Governor Oyetola’s home town put a seal to banking operations there. Kidnapping and ritual killing have been the order of the day in the last three years. Insecurity in general has taken serious dimensions in Osun.
“This is happening because CP Olokode has not given deserved attention to the core of his mandate as the commissioner of police who is supposed to protect all citizens of the state while helping government to achieve its mandate.
“We therefore call on Olokode to ask the Inspector General of Police to post him out of Osun. We plead with the Inspector General of Police to please expeditiously transfer Olokode from Osun with immediate effect.
“Olokode, to the best of human understanding is incapable of carrying out his job impartially as demanded by the constitution.”
Salinsile also called for the relocation of a motor park opposite Oranmiyan building, describing it as a threat to the safety of commercial activities, the building and its occupants.