•Rights Groups, Opposition Parties, Citizens Condemn Osun CP For Compromise
Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike appears to have exhausted his goodwill on the altar of compromise, just as human rights groups, opposition political parties and senior citizens have unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the state super cop.
Findings have shown that the good goodwill earlier enjoyed by the CP, after a disastrous departure of his predecessor, Mr. Suleimon Fakai; got deflated when the stakeholders at the opposite of the divides, started perceiving him as a compromised police officer.
It would be recalled that Fakai came to the state after Alhaji Audu Abubakar’s redeployment to another state, and he was driving his men well, until he was allegedly bought over that compensated an untoward role he reportedly played in the last year’s controversial general elections in the state.
Investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER revealed that Fakai’s earlier determination to give Osun State Police Command an independent role of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens, irrespective of their political affiliation, crumbled when the state establishment which was hell bent at dictating the tune showered him unsolicited Greek gifts.
Despite his shortcomings and naked compromise, Fakai still allowed a good sense of judgment to prevail in some of his dealings and one of them was the way he handled the explosion that rocked the state secretariat last year 14 June.
The ex-Osun commissioner of police was among the first security officers that spirited to the scene, where a victim was torn into shreds.
Fakai, in company of the state deputy governor, Erelu Olusola Obada promised that the police would not allow the raging political upheaval in the state to affect investigation by the ballistic department.
Few weeks after a war of words between the warring Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Action Congress (AC) in the state over the controversial explosion saga, the interim report of the ballistic department of the command reportedly allayed fear of an organized crime, as it attributed the explosion to an accident of rock-blasting explosives device.
Several posers were raised on the intention of the victims and suspected perpetrators, as people demanded to know why a man would decide to bomb himself with an explosive device loaded in a car with a registration number.
However, when Moronike took over the mantle of leadership of the state police command, he slowed down the oppressive state machine on ground which had hauled a number of AC leaders into prisons, premising his action on the need to follow the rule of law.
Recently, the rule of law matter of the leading cop has turned sour in the ears of the right groups and opposition political parties that feel the insincerity in the policing gospel of Moronike, as they have a bone to pick with him.
The leadership of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) alleged the embattled CP of flirting with the state establishment with the aim of suppressing the dissenting voice in the state. Hear the national coordinator of the coalition, Comrade Debo Adeniran: “I heard Mr. Moronike telling the press men inside the premises of the state high court, Osogbo, when he personally led a team of armed policemen to arrest us during our peaceful rally, and saying that the press men were the ones writing rubbish about the governor. The import is that the man has sold out to the establishment.
CACOL charged the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mike Okiro to redeploy the state police boss, disclosing that the petitions on the atrocities and compromise of police institution under are numerous and powerful to be ignored.
Besides, Lagos State chapter of AC has called on the super cop in Abuja to call Moronike to order before he helps reduce the state to rublles. AC in Lagos noted that the recent clampdown on the party leaders, which was effected by Moronike’s men, was a pointer to a wicked compromise.
In a statement signed by the Lagos State chairman of the party, Chief Dele Ajomale, the Osun Police boss has declared his partisan stand and he should be allowed to drop his uniform in order to join partisan politics.
In the same vein, Osun State chapter of Alliance of Collaborating Political Parties (ACPP) has also called for the head of the embattled police commissioner, maintaining that he has demonstrated enough double-face in his actions and reactions.
According to a statement signed by the duo of Messrs Waheed Lawal and Rufus Oyatoro of National Conscience Party (NCP) and Labour Party (LP) respectively and made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Tuesday, the CP should start preparing his bag for his days in Osun State are numbered.
“We shall write to the IG about his compromise and the untold brutality of his men against the harmless politicians, and as stakeholders; we shall urge Mr. Mike Okiro to save us from his (Moronike’s) suspicious role lately.
Meanwhile, some opinion leaders, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER under strict condition of anonymity, for security reason, expressed their disappointment in the embattled police boss. They however, expressed their reservations over his relationship with the PDP.
Some of them agreed that his imminent career somersault in the state could not be divorced from inducement and irresistible overtures from the state, declaring that his endorsement as touching the creation of ‘Eagle’ Squad for the whims and caprices of the establishment was a clear case of a sell-out.
It would be recalled that some armed men, suspected to be policemen stormed the residence of a former commissioner for health, Alhaji Layi Oyeduntan, where they violently killed his Alsatian dog on night guard before taking him away.
The same gang waylaid the state AC Director of Research and Strategies, Mr. Sunday Akere along Osogbo West-By-Pass and whsked him to the Eagle Squad in Osogbo.
Reacting, the state chairman of the Joint Action Forum (JAF), Comrade Aderemi Ayanlade condemned the uncivilized way of getting the people behind the bar with the unalloyed support of the police, stating that his group had long passed a vote of no confidence on the CP.
“We have heard about Mr. Moronike’s habit and how he enjoys the company of the PDP members. It may be true or not, but such a man does not stand for a principle, and he is not fit to lead an institution like police force” Ayanlade.