Moronike Must Go -Osun Civil Societies Demand

These are no good times for the embattled Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike, as the state civil societies have turned a choking heat on him over his perceived compromise on the controversial issue of last year’s Osogbo explosion and incessant extra-judicial killings in the state. At a press conference addressed by the…”
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October 30, 2008 6:22 am
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These are no good times for the embattled Osun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike, as the
state civil societies have turned a choking heat on him over his perceived compromise on the controversial issue of last year’s Osogbo explosion and incessant extra-judicial killings in the state.

At a press conference addressed by the leadership of 11 groups of civil societies called Osun State Civil Society Coalition Against Corruption and Rights Violation (OSCARV) on Monday in Osogbo, Osun State Capital, the rights group unanimously demanded for the removal of the state super cop.

It would be recalled that he Commissioner of Police (CP) started losing his gentleman officer’s respect from the state civil societies, when he (CP) personally led a team of armed-to-the-teeth mobile policemen to effect the arrest of 24 members of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) within the premises of the State High Court in Osogbo; while they (CACOL members) were peacefully demonstrating against the alleged misconduct of the first Election Petitions Tribunal headed by the embattled Justice Thomas Naron.

Speaking on the alleged compromise of the CP, the state Coordinator, Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR) Alhaji Waheed Lawal said that the conduct of the state police boss recently has compelled the civil societies to petition the police authority, the presidency and some international organizations about the police atrocities in the state.

The human rights advocate also expressed the loss of confidence on the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) zonal 11, Mr. Tunji Alapinni and the CP, saying that both of them are now working together in aiding the establishment against the opposition.

“We have on several occasions drawn the attention of the AIG to the repression and the persecution of the opposition in the state and on several occasions, he was helpless. So, we have no confidence in both the CP and AIG and that compelled us to petition the IG in Abuja and some international organizations for action. We want Moronike to go,” submitted Lawal.

Besides, the founder of Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People (CDRP), Comrade Amitolu Shittu has argued that the professional misconducts of the state police command have mandated the call for the removal of the CP by the police authority.

Shittu contended that extra-judicial killings and indiscriminate arrest of opposition leaders on trump-up charges have exposed the double dealing of the CP, reiterating that his (CP) conduct is suspicious and should be removed.

“Mr. Moronike is shielding the hoodlums and criminals within the police command and his compromise on some controversial issues, that bother on neutrality and apolitical have recommended him for removal, “Shittu argued.

In his reaction, the state chairman, the Ultimate Group, Pharmacist Israel Oyagbile said that one thing was peculiar about Osun State Government headed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola, observing that ability to compromise any system or institution was the watchword.

“Oyinlola administration is like a sulphur, when placed in any opening of the house, the odour will pass across the nasal passage. In this state, there is nothing that cannot be compromised and the CP could not be exempted. So, we want him removed for the police institution to regain its respect” said Oyagbile.

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