Osun Extra-judicial Killings: I-G Invites Rights Groups To Defend Petition

•Oyinlola Disowns Jude, Ex-OC SARS •AIG Sule Fakai, CP Moronike May Appear Before Panel
•Afenifere Demands Explanation Over Eagle Squad

Inspector-General of Police - Sir Mike Okiro

Nemesis appears to be moving fast against the former Osun State Police Commissioner, Mr. Suleimon Fakai and his man Friday, ASP Jude Agbanajelu, who was erstwhile Officer- in- Charge (OC) Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state as the Force Headquarters has invited Osun State Civil Societies Coalition Against Rights Violation (OSCARV) to come and defend a petition on the extra-judicial killings in the state, earlier sent to it.

It would be recalled that the rights group had petitioned the office of the Inspector-General (IG) of Police and the Police Service Commission (PSC) on the extra-judicial killings and assaults carried out by the rank and file of the Osun State Police Command under Fakai through Agbanajelu.

According to the petition, which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER in Osogbo recently, killings in police custody, overzealousness of the Eagle Squad, the scenario of a trigger-happy policeman at Ede Police Station coupled with the assault of CP John Moronike on members of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) amongst others were highlighted and expatiated.

According to a source from the Force Headquarters, who confided in OSUN DEFENDER, the police institution was ready to investigate the murder cases alleged by the OSCARV, in order to show the level of commitment of the super cop, Mike Okiro on the matter.

Confirming the development, the OSCARV spokesman; Alhaji Waheed Lawal disclosed that the civil societies coalition had received a letter of invitation on Monday, 22 December 2009 for defence of the petition.

“We have received a letter of invitation from the office of the I-G to appear before a panel, that is investigating the Osun extra-judicial killings perpetrated under the watch of the erstwhile CP Sulaimon Fakai and the assault of the incumbent, CP John Moronike on some human rights activists, who demonstrated against the alleged untoward conduct of the then Election Petitions Tribunal,” said Lawal.

He further reiterated that they (OSCARV members) have perfected their acts coupled with evidential proofs that would further vindicate the group about the overzealousness of the rank and file of the police command.

“By the time we storm Abuja with our audio, visual and documentary evidence of the extra-judicial killings and extortions, the force headquarters would know what we are facing here,” Lawal submitted.

According to an investigation conducted by OSUN DEFENDER, the fall-out of the petition has started unsettling some senior police officers in the state, whose names may be mentioned as part of the ugly scenario that took place on April 14, 2007, during the last year’s controversial elections, which recorded a sizeable number of casualties.

Information available to OSUN DEFENDER showed that the former OC-SARS, Jude sneaked in into the state to solicit for the assistance of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola on the fall -out of the petition at the Force Headquarters, but could not sail through.

According to a source at the Oke-Fia Government House, Osogbo, when the effant terrible Jude met with the governor and appealed to him on the need to contact some powerful cops, who could help reduce the heat the petition has generated against him at the Lious Edet House, Abuja the state helmsman could not give him a specific answer, saying that he might not be able to press for his case.

It was learnt that the governor told him point blank that he could only intervene if it was cash problem, but that he could not involve in pressing any button for him, as touching the matter, saying that could be another trap the petitioner may exploit to blackmail him.

Meanwhile, our source at the Force Headquarters hinted that Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Suleimon Fakai and CP Moronike may be invited by the panel to state their own side of the story before the investigation is brought to a close.

Reacting on the development, the State Publicity Secretary of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Mr. Kola Olabisi, said that the OSCARV should endeavour to inform the panel about the sinister motive that led to the creation of the notorious Eagle Squad that was endorsed by the CP Moronike.

“I am glad about this development, but Afenifere would want the OSCARV to inform the investigation panel about the sinister motive that led to the creation of the Eagle Squad.

It would be recalled that it was a petition writen by a human rights body to the force headquarters that led to the removal of Jude from the SARS and, when his case was parried, some politicians acting on behalf of the powers-that-be prevailed on the leadership of the state police command to create another special squad that would be headed by Jude, to which Moronike embraced hook, line and sinker.

Olabisi argued that the police leadership in the state should be overhauled as it has compromised its duty, a situation that has permitted an astronomical increase in crime wave, saying that CP Moronike appears to be more political now than policing.

“We in Afenifere, have watched the conduct of CP Moronike lately as relating to the government and the opposition and it is obvious that the leadership of the Osun State Police Command has compromised, the astronomical increase of crime wave these days has exposed it further,” said the Afenifere’s spokesman.

By goke butika

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