The time has come for the Inspector-General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, to show deeper interest in frequent strings of violent clashes between rival factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State and their implications for national security.
The most recent one in Boripe Local Government of Osun State has again shown that its leader, retired Brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s culture of lawlessness is well-entrenched and imbibed by his party men and women.
That guns boomed at the PDP meeting while rival factions went for each other’s jugular justified our persistent outcry against state-sponsored attacks on the opposition. Members of Osun State PDP regularly resort to armed struggle to settle political scores.
This speaks volumes about the temperament of the party leadership; violent ruthless, blood thirsty and lawless to the extreme. There is an over-reliance on an existing ammunition store in the ruling party in Osun State.
Worse still, the Osun State Police Command under Mr. John Moronike has been condoning and conniving with the lawlessness of the PDP so as to please Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Rather than doing his job professionally, CP Moronike has been busy with repressing the opposition and executing the repressive agenda of the PDP against Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and the leading lights of the opposition in Osun State with a phoney bomb blast.
The amount of intelligence reports available to Moronike and other security agencies in Osun State show a preponderance of evidence that the Osun State PDP and Governor Oyinlola maintains a well-funded and oiled private armoury of deadly weapons.
These weapons were deployed into killing over 40 people including agents of the Action Congress (AC) across Osun State last year and have also been used to unleash mayhem on rival PDP faction right inside the Okuku Country home of Governor Oyinlola earlier this year.
We call on the Inspector-General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, to launch an independent investigation into the existence of deadly weaponry in the Osun State PDP and recover them into safe custody before they are used to create further security breaches that could give Nigeria sleepless nights.
We are surprised that the Police that are quick to criminalise the opposition without a shred of evidence have pretended as if it did not know that PDP factions engaged in exchange of gun shots in Ejigbo, ile-Ife, Ijebu-Jesa, Ikirun and even in Okuku, the hometown of Governor Oyinlola. These clashes have always left casualties in its wake but the Police and CP Moronike have always pretended that nothing happened or at best, that the violent clashes were normal.
Last year precisely on April 11, 2007, just few days to the last general elections, the State Security Service (SSS) upon a tip-off, recovered several AK-47 riffles, bullets and explosives in the Osogbo home of a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Lere Yussuf. As soon as the initial noise died down, the PDP leader was let off the hook and rewarded by Governor Oyinlola with a board appointment in the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.
However, as soon as the PDP gets wind of Aregbesola’s visit into Osun State, they issue veiled threats and warnings that he should be law abiding as if he has ever broken any law; the case of a preacher who does not heed the lessons he preaches.
The IGP must also realise that all those he could rely upon for professional advice in the Osun State Command of the Nigeria Police can no longer swear by the God of Nigeria that they are not compromised. Hence, our demand for independent investigators.
Media Director to Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, Gubernatorial Candidate of the ACTION CONGRESS (AC) in Osun State