—-We Don’t Harbour Killer Thugs, Ajagungbade Not A Wanted Criminal- PDP
A social political group, Osun Shall Rise Again, OSRA, has called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Akali Baba, to beam his searchlight on the security development in Osun State, especially with the recruitment of notorious criminals by the State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke ahead of his inauguration on November 27, 2022.
The group said the call became imperative with the inclusion of some criminal suspects in the Inauguration Committee of the Governor -Elect, particularly one Olalekan Ajagungbade popularly known as Emir who as at the period of issuing this press statement, is a wanted criminal suspect in the State.
It further noted that the said suspect was declared wanted by the Osun State Police Command on July 2, 2022 for various criminal offences including murder and being in possession of firearms.
According to the group, it is a dangerous security development in Osun that signifies a reign of terror and thuggery that the State may witness under the leadership of the PDP after November 27, 2022 if necessary steps are not urgently taken to curtail the situation.
In a statement by the Secretary and Chairman of OSRA, Saheed Bakare and Lanre Akeju, respectively, the group accused the State Police Command of not taking the arrest of Ajagungbade seriously which has emboldened him and other criminal elements who are moving around freely and continuously formenting trouble in the state.
The statement reads in part ” we are shocked and surprised with the recent security development in Osun which requires the attention of all security agencies especially the Inspector General of Police with open parade of criminal suspects as members of the Inauguration Committee of Governor-elect, Ademola Adeleke, with specific reference to Olalekan Ajagungbade popularly known as Emir who is at the top of police wanted list in the State.
“Giving such individual a responsibility suggests that the PDP and Mr Adeleke are recruiting criminal to harass kill ahead of the November 27 handing over day, and a confirmation that the party and Governor-elect have been harboring him for long to escape the wrath of the law.
“We consider his inclusion in the security committee as a way of conffering on him, a legitimate authority to carry out a sinister motive in the state and at the same time, shield him from security agents. We also doubt if the Osun Police Command can do anything because this development has shown that for long, they knew his whereabouts and who is hiding him.
“If the Osun Police Command really means business, by now, it is expected that they should have invited the PDP leaders and even the Governor- elect as contained in the statement issued when Ajagungbade was declared wanted that anyone who harbor him will be treated as sn accomplice in the offence he was declared wanted for. If he has not been hobnobbing with PDP, why would the party appoint him as a member of its security committee ?
“The IG would also recall that it is the same manner that Osun Command attempted to cover up a gruesome murder case in Ede, involving the Chief Security Officer to the Governor- Elect, CSP Issac Omoyele who allegedly killed Abedeen Adekunle and Kafayat Adekunle in Ede, Osun State in a gruesome manner before the intervention of the Force Headquarters that constituted an investigation team which later led to the arrest and investigation of Omoyele.
“It is also a shame on the part of PDP to have contemplated including a wanted criminal suspect in the list of its Inauguration Committee. This is the height of irresponsibility, abuse of power, insensitivity to security of the state and glorification of crime.
“While we are not casting aspersion on the ability of the newly deployed Commissioner of Police to the state, we consider it necessary to call the attention of the IGP to this ridiculous and embrassing development in the state before things get out of hands, considering the previous criminal record of Ajagungbade. It will also be a litmus test for the new Police Commissioner on his capacity to protect life and property in the state.
“It is also the highest level of insult to the police authority and security agents for a wanted criminal to be openly rewarded by a political party and nothing is happening, to the extent that he is already sitting with security commanders in the state strategizing on security arrangements for the November 27, inauguration, that can only happen in a Banana Republic and we don’t pray to witness that any longer in Osun.
“We urge the IG to quickly intervene to ensure smooth government transition and protection of life and property in the state,” the group added.
Reacting, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) denied harbouring thugs saying the said Ajagungbade not a wanted criminals.
PDP in a statement signed by its Directorate of Media reiterated that the said Oyeyemi Olalekan Ajagungbade is our member having decamped from the APC and received into our party during the countdown to the July 16th, 2022 Osun governorship election.
“It is on record that the APC felt the pain of Ajagungbade’s defection, as such they sponsored their paid thugs to threaten and go after the life of Ajagungbade, and when they failed in their bid to get him desperately out of circulation, they sponsored a malicious petition against him.
“As a responsible and law abiding citizen, Ajagungbade approached the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo for the enforcement of his fundamental right to liberty, right to life and freedom of movement, joining in the suit the Police and the APC notorious thug called Asiri Eniba as the defendants in the suit.
“For the sake of clarity, the Federal High Court has granted an order of maintaining STATUS QUO, that is, restraining the police acting through themselves or any third party from arresting, detaining, incarcerating or doing anything capable of bringing threat to the liberty, life and right to freedom of the said Ajagungbade our esteemed member who has been acting responsibly and conducting himself peacefully since he joined our Party.
“We must put on record that our party does not habour ravenous and notorious thugs like the APC which habours self-confessed thugs who have been in and out of police net several times, and still on the wanted list of the police. Ours is a party of discipline, high moral standard and respect for rule of law.
Any attempt to cast any of our member in bad light will be resisted by machinery of law. Ajagungbade is not a wanted criminal and cannot in anyway be in the face of a positive court order in his favour against the police, and any such insinuation or proposition of criminality against our member (if any at all) would amount to a nullity which cannot stand at all.”
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