Apparently not bothered about the alleged criminal cases against his person, the Majority Leader, Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, stated.he has about 50 petitions against the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sagamu, CSP John Mark.
Mafe, representing Sagamu I state constituency, also hinted that the House might summon the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, and the command’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, on the alleged criminal cases against him.
The development appeared to be a new twist in the face-off between the majority leader and the state police command.
It would be recalled that the lawmaker, last Tuesday, raised his voice before the House over alleged criminal extortion by the DPO subsequent upon which the Assembly ordered a probe.
But the police through its spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi stated.Mafe has no moral justification to raise such issues as he has about 15 criminal cases linked to him.
Mafe, however, urged the police to conclude investigations into the alleged criminal cases in order to charge him to court.
He queried why the police command waited until he accused a senior police officer before it came up with allegations of 15 criminal cases against him.
He, however, stated.he was not aware of such cases.
“I have in my possession series of petitions from victims of extortion, criminal extortions because these are innocent people that would be arrested unlawfully and money would be demanded from them and until they pay those monies they wouldn’t be allowed to go home. I see it as criminal extortion.
“And I felt like, after reporting the DPO to the PPRO severally and to the CP too, I felt the next thing is to raise it at the floor of the House and possibly present those petitions against him.
“Personally, I wonder if the PPRO understands what he is saying, I am the best person that can speak on behalf of my people and I want to believe that whatever I say at the floor of the House is what has come to my knowledge from my constituents and I want to believe that I am protected to say those things.
“It baffles me that the PPRO and the CP himself will wait until now that I am accusing one of the most unprofessional policemen that I have ever met in my life, CSP John Mark, before coming out with this allegation of 15 criminal cases they claimed to be investigating.
“I want to urge and challenge them to speed up investigation, so that they can take me to court, I am a lawyer and I am ready to meet them in court, I am not shy about going to court, I will be very happy to defend myself if the need be, but I want to assure you and the people of my constituency that the PPRO is just a shameless liar.
“He is just being aggrieved of some personal issue, if he put equal amount of energy into investigating the DPO of Sagamu, like he is doing to attack my person, he is going to find out the issue and will do a lot of service to the people of Sagamu.
“As I speak, we have over 50 petitions and these people are ready to come out, in fact the member from Sagamu constituency II informed the speaker that the DPO has a PoS machine with which he collects bribe and I am putting this on record quoting Soyebo because he is from Sagamu as myself and I think that is grievous.”
Leader of the House also wondered why the command whose leadership including the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, and the PPRO was at his birthday celebration a forthnight ago would associate itself with someone being investigated for criminal activities.
“It is surprising, two weeks ago, the CP and the PPRO were in my premises, we were together, if I have these criminal charges and investigations were going on, I wonder why they will associate themselves with me.
“But having stated.that, I am not aware that I am being investigated, it is surprising that I just opened the papers and saw that the PPRO stated.the police have 15 cases that they are investigating against me. They should speed up the investigation and charge me to court and let us meet there,” he stated.
– Nigerian Pilot