THE Chairman, Osun State Chapter of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and Campaign For Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR), Alhaji Waheed Lawal has petitioned the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Zone XI Headquarters, Osogbo and the Director of the State Security Service (SSS) over an alleged threat to his life by a notable Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader in the state.
The petition dated August 28, 2008, which was addressed to the AIG and SSS office in Osogbo through the chamber of Barrister Alfred Adegoke identified the PDP chairman of Iwo Local Government Council Area of the state, Mr. Debo Badru as one of the ruling party leaders that had been threatening to deal ruthlessly with Lawal for putting pressure on the Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration in the state.
In the petition, headlined: “Re: Threat to Life of Our Client, Alhaji Waheed Lawal by Mr. Debo Badru”, the NCP boss stated that he decided not to direct the petition to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Moronike because he does not have confidence in the ability of the state police boss to do justice to the matter.
Lawal is one of the major opposition leaders, who had been putting pressure on the state government over its inhuman activities. He also led 24 members of the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), who were arrested by Moronike-led police team during their protest against the revelations made about the compromise of the Justice Thomas Naron-led Election Petitions Tribunal that sat in the state and subsequently remanded in Ilesa prison custody.
Badru was also known to be a close associate and performs sundry duties in the 90’s for Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who is currently representing Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate.
According to the petition: “This is to report a case of a threat to the life of our client by Mr. Debo Badru, who is the PDP chairman in Iwo local government. The incident took place at the office premises of the Osun State Investment Company Ltd., Old Governor Office, Osogbo on August 27, 2008 at about 3:50pm.
“On that day, our client went to the said office for an official transaction and while our client was waiting to be attended to, Mr. Debo Badru came and started to threaten out client, saying that ‘you are opposing the government. I know you very well and I will show you. I will deal with you. There is nothing we can not do.
“Our client was utterly discomfited and embarrassed by this unwarranted attack. He became threatened and apprehensive of the safety of his dear life giving the do-or-die posture of the PDP leadership and the general insecurity of lives and properties under the PDP reign at both the national, state and local government levels as well as series of politically-motivated murders and unresolved assassinations and gun attacks linked to the PDP”, the petition claimed.
“Ordinarily, we would have directed this letter to the Commissioner of Police in Osun State, but our client does not have confidence in the ability of the commissioner to do justice and be fair in the matter because out client believes that the commissioner is biased against him.
“The reason is not unconnected with the arrest and detention of our client alongside 23 others for staging a peaceful procession to deliver a petition over allegation of judicial corruption in exercise of their fundamental rights to freedom of assembly, association and expression at the High Court premises, Osogbo on Friday, July 11, 2008”.
The NCP boss then urged the AIG to investigate the allegation to protect his life and properties from what he termed hoodlums and criminals parading themselves as politicians.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED