EFFORTS by the embattled Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to hold a secret talk with the top echelon of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) met a brickwall during the week, as the Inspector – General of Police (IGP), Mr Mike Okiro turned down the governor’s request politely.
According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER during a retreat for top police officers hosted by Osun State Government, held at Miccom Golf Resort, Ada, Boripe Local Government Council Area of the State, the governor reportedly sent one of his men to the IG, with the aim of informing him on the need to hold a clandestine meeting with the governor on certain raging issues in the state.
Findings further revealed that the super cop reportedly informed the governor’s men that he would see to it before the end of the retreat, premising his delay on the need to confer with his (Okiro) men on some pertinent security issues.
It was gathered from a tipster that Okiro called on a stop ranking police officer, who had earlier-on manned the zone 11 to brief him about the plausible matters that could be put to him by the governor.
OSUN DEFENDER was hinted that the senior cop reportedly informed the number one policeman to do everything possible to avoid the clandestine talks with the governor, arguing that the opposition in the state has its ears on the ground. It was learnt that the super cop reportedly received a telephone call from the governor when the discussion was on, but his (Okiro) response was sharp and complimentary.
When he ended the phone call, according to the source, the super cop further asked his man to brief him the more on the development in the state, he (Okiro) was mouth-agaped to hear about the painstaking efforts of opposition and eagle-eyed journalists in pinning down the nocturnal conversations between the judges of the election petitions tribunal and a lawyer to the governor.
Pleading with IG to shelve the secret meeting, the senior police officer further reiterated that the police institution may be dragged into the murky water of politics in the state, should Okiro allow the meeting to take place.
Information has it that the super cop then tasked the State Commissioner of Police (CP) John Moronike to speak with the governor on his behalf, saying that he would be too engaged at the retreat.
A source close to the Oke-Fia Government House said that the governor reportedly waved the matter aside when the CP spoke with him, saying that he only wanted to have a courtesy company with the super cop.
When the CP reportedly fed the IG back on the development, information further has it that Okiro expressed his reservation and soliloquizing something suggestive of ‘Thank God, I would have walked myself into a web’.
Findings exclusively revealed that the governor chose to host the police retreat in order to curry favour from the police authority with aim of nailing the opposition that is stifling his government with petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
It would be recalled that opposition political parties and the 11 members of the Action Congress (AC) in the House of Assembly have petitioned the EFCC about some alleged fraudulent practices of the state government, as touching the deduction of local government funds and the illegal lodgment.
A political pundit, who spoke on the matter said that the embattled state helmsman has a lot to cover, saying that he (governor) is still looking for a way to subdue the rampaging opposition of the state.
“Remember, the governor could not substantiate his concorted bomb blast drama and the whole thing faded away; he came up with other drama series, his antic were discovered. So, he would want to explore any means possible, the secret talks with IG inclusive,” said the pundit.
Meanwhile, the Inspector – General has said that the police authority would do everything to eliminate check-point corruptions, saying that it was insulting that men of Nigeria police are still collecting N20 from motorists.
“We will check corruption in the police force and eliminate N20 collection at check points. It is an insult that our men are still harassing motorists over N20,” said Okiro.
In another development, the impact of the retreat was felt in town, as Osogbo, the State Capital was filled with men of Nigeria Police, traffic section, controlling vehicular movements.