South West governors question IGP over disrespectful act of police officer towards Sanwo-Olu – the Sun Nigeria


From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure

The South West Governors Forum has asked the Inspector General of Police to explain why one of his officers publicly ridiculed the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while he was trying to negotiate a land dispute within his jurisdiction.

The six governors of the region, while condemning the disrespectful acts of a policeman towards Governor Sanwo-Olu in the Magodo region of Lagos, called the high-level policeman’s action an abuse of power.

Forum chairman and Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, in a statement he personally signed, said the policeman’s action was unexpected from a public officer.

He said: “We are in possession of a video that has gone viral on social media concerning the shameful exchange between a police officer, a CSP and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the alleged leader. of the security of the same at the Residential Domain Magodo.

“The content of the video is very disconcerting and it’s charitable. The total lack of respect, which underlines the officer’s response to the Governor, establishes, beyond any doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously dubbed “Federalism”.

“An arrangement that requires the governor of a state to seek clarification of security matters within his jurisdiction from totally foreign bodies or individuals is a sure recipe for anarchy.

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“We very strongly condemn this brazen attack on decency. We ask the Inspector General of Police to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is unacceptable. Any expectation of rapprochement between the so-called federative units and the federal security agencies is gradually annihilated, due to deliberate acts which flout our very admission of ethics and professionalism.

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

“For our part, we will continue to question the current system, which treats elected representatives of the people as mere prefects, while appointed office holders crush them as lords of the mansion. If the so-called security chiefs of the federation states demand authorization from the IGP office on matters within their purview, only the hypocrites will wonder why the current security crisis is worsening and there does not appear to be any solution in the foreseeable future.

We support our brother, the Governor of Lagos State. We advise him to deploy regional security gear in the state to protect people’s lives and property.

“We call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to curb the excesses of certain elements determined to act in such a way as to erode the bond of trust existing between the people and the federal government.

“It is absurd that people appointed by politicians seek to undermine the very structure of the service on which their appointments are based,” Akeredolu said.


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