•CP Moronike’s Compromise Raised •Investigation On Extra-judicial Killings Soon
THE unprecedented compromise of Osun State Police Command has finally opened to the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, as the establishment of the much dreaded ‘Eagle Squad’ by the state Commissioner of Police (CP), John Moronike has been disowned by the nation’s police authority.
It would be recalled that the Eagle Squad was specially created to serve the whims and caprices of the former trigger-happy officer-in-charge (OC), Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr. Jude Agbanajelu, who was ingloriously removed from his duty-post as a result of a strongly-worded petition of some victims, on whom, he had allegedly inflicted pains during their encounter with the him.
Findings revealed that the allegations levelled against Agbanajelu were enough to consume him, but the power-that-be at Oke-Fia Government House, Osogbo stepped in to save his job, but could not return him to SARS.
Checks further showed that the top political functionaries in the state started developing interest in Agbanajelu because of his open display of loyalty to the embattled ruling class, a situation that made some perceived members of the opposition to taste the bitter pills of indiscriminate arrest, torture and extra-judicial killings as alleged.
Investigations also revealed that the same power-that-be mounted pressure on the alleged compromised CP to either return the ‘cowboy’ police officer to SARS or create a special squad that could be instrumental to its hold on to power-strategy in the state, and according to an inside source, with special arrangement, Moronike succumbed to the desire of the establishment by creating the unknown Eagle Squad and appointed Agbanajelu as the OC.
No sooner the squad was established than the officers and men started unleashing terror on innocent people, terrorizing marketers, driving round the state capital recklessly in a commando-like shooting into the air indiscriminately just to send fear down into the spines of the unsuspecting common men.
Checks further showed that when the show of brute was becoming unbearable, some human rights bodies based in the state reportedly petitioned the police authority in Abuja and the heat finally led to the transfer of the dreaded OC, Eagle Squad to Enugu State.
Meanwhile, the police command in Osun was said to have acted unilaterally, as information available to OSUN DEFENDER has shown that Lious Edet House, where the force headquarters is domiciled was not in the know of what a police source described as illegal structure.
OSUN DEFENDER further gathered that the Force Headquarters was very surprised at the level of compromise of the CP, as alleged by some human rights bodies that recently went to Abuja to defend a petition against the CP, his command, the Eagle Squad and SARS under Jude, as documentary evidences were presented to substantiate the allegations.
According to a source close to the rights bodies under the aegis of the Osun State Coalition Against Rights Violation (OSCARV), the allegation of assault on some human rights crusaders, who demonstrated against the alleged compromise of the controversial elections tribunal that sat in Osogbo as reported by a Lagos-based news magazine, The NEWS, against the CP was raised in Abuja, some of the victims, who are members of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) reportedly testified against the CP.
Besides, the documentary evidences against the CP and some alleged atrocities under his watch were said to be very overwhelming that the leader of the panel that attended to the petitioners were crest falling at the coordination and the presentation of the material evidences.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that Abuja has promised to step into the gross abuse of human rights in the state and some cases of extra-judicial killings that were raised by the coalition of the rights bodies.
By KAZEEM MOHAMMED