By Daniel Okoro, News/Comments, January 5, 2022
The South West Governors have expressed shock over a confrontation between their colleague, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and a CSP of police offcer, on the Magodo Residential Estate controversy, which has created tension and security threat as parties continue to show musles and might.
It could be recalled that Punch Newspaper on December 23, reported that the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), declared as illegal, the invasion of Magodo Phase 2 Estate in the Shangisha area of the state on Wednesday by suspected land grabbers and some policemen.
Onigbanjo had said that the High Court of Lagos was not aware of the development, adding that those found culpable of the invasion will be prosecuted.
PUNCH also reported earlier that the Magodo Residents Association shut the estate gates after suspected land grabbers, led by some policemen and members of a family, invaded the community to claim possession of property. During the invasion, the group used red, brown and blue inks to inscribe ‘ID/795/88 Possession Taken Today 21/12/21 by Court Order,’ on various property on the estate. The incident led to a commotion on Wednesday, and disrupted economic activities in the estate and business owners were shut out.
In the heat of this, Mr. Sanwo-Olu just paid a visit yesterday to ascertained the situation, only to be given confrontation by CSP of police who incessantly insisted that he was acting on order from above, asking the governor to reach out to the IGP and the Minister of Justice/Attorney of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN. Meanwahile, in a statement released earlier today, the Chairman, Southern Governors Forum, and Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN wondered why such attitude could be exhibited while describing it as shameful disrespectful.
“We are in possession of a video which has gone viral on the social media concerning the disgraceful exchange between a police officer, a CSP, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the supposed Chief Security Officer of the State, at the Magodo Residential Estate.
“The content of the video is very disconcerting, and this is being charitable. The utter disrespect, which underlines the response of the officer to the Governor establishes, beyond doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously christened “Federalism”. An arrangement, which compels the Governor of a State to seek clarifications on security issues in his jurisdiction from totally extraneous bodies or persons, is a sure recipe for anarchy.
“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.
“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 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 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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