Atiku denies being behind Oba of Lagos forced retirement from police

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has distanced himself from claims made by Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, suggesting that he was behind the traditional ruler’s forced exit from the Nigeria Police Force.

In a statement issued by his media office Tuesday, Mr. Abubakar said at no time did he suggest or propose the removal of Akiolu from the police.

At the Administration of Justice Summit organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on Monday, Mr. Akiolu had alleged that Mr. Abubakar played a prominent role in convincing then president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to retire him from service.

Mr. Akiolu was retired as a police Assistant Inspector General.

“I remember that I was a victim of that circumstance; then Abubakar Atiku, Daura, and others advised ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo that if he wants to win Lagos in 2003 presidential election, I must be removed. It was written on paper,” the Vanguard newspaper quoted Mr. Akiolu as saying.

“And in fairness to Obasanjo, he argued that he knew nothing about it. And he had to send for the Inspector General because the then Chief of Staff challenged the plan to retire me. So for someone to sit at the Police Service Commission and determine who retires from the police is unfair. This is not how to run a very efficient police force.”

But in his statement, Mr. Abubakar said he never supervised the Nigeria Police or the Police Service Commission, and therefore, could not have been part of any alleged plot to force Mr. Akiolu out of public service for committing no offence.

The former Vice President also said he had no power over the Police Force or the Police Service Commission to remove anybody for whatever reason from office without committing any offence, adding that he was not familiar with the monarch as at the time he was removed from the Police Force.

Mr. Atiku said he holds the Oba of Lagos in the highest esteem, and is “totally innocent” of the allegations the monarch made against at him.


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  • Dazmillion

    Atiku is one of the best politicians in Nigeria, although like most of them he is corrupt. However his political skills are not in doubt, He played this issue masterfully and still got his point across. He replied the Oba without insulting him. If it were Jonathan or Buhari spokesmen, by now they would have thoroughly insulted the Oba. But Atiku wants to maintain bridges because of his political ambitions.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      so true. You could just feel his maturity hanging over your shoulders like a ceiling fan.

      • hiro hiro

        Fake maturity, Atiku is worst politician on the block, he can dine with satan for personal gains. Atiku is about one thing, himself. God keep us all so that we see this his political prowess in the so called 2019. Look at the last APC primary he was brow beating all over the place while correct politicians like Bola Tinubu, Okorocha and Kwankwaso were underground strategising. In the end he came last in the primary.

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          yes. Well Politics is about Dinning with the devil and Angels at the same time but the devil always wins. so you gotta spend more time at the devils dinner table. Thats why i will never and can never be a politician.

  • OGK

    Atiku, a very desperado to be president of Nigeria is at it again. He would deny anything that would not put him in positive light ahead of next presidential hustlings even if it was true. I wonder why Atiku would try to extricate himself from a collective decision made by the administration in which he was the number two man. And for the records, Akiolu was retired as a DIG, not AIG.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      nope he retired as AIG

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Well, Oba Akiolu should thank his star instead, others had to pay with there lives for the same reason.

  • Kekedu

    Atiku! Atiku!! ATIKU!!! How many times did I call you? Ok…. continue with your lies.

    • sirOscie

      Atiku can never talk OBJ into retiring the Lagos Oba……He is just trying get favours from OBJ by attacking Atiku.

    • Mr. Abdin

      Atiku was not the one appointing or sacking the head of the Police Force as a Vice President during Obasanjo, please take note.

  • Ajayi Ifayemi

    This man Atiku is always claiming innocence, yet he is always scheming.

    • sirOscie

      Do you think anyone can convince OBJ?????
      Of all the people in Nigeria Atiku……we all know the kind of relationship the both men shared

      • oyoko

        Go and read “the accidental servant” by El Rufai, you will have a firm understanding o the man Atiku Abubarka

        • sirOscie

          That one is another pack of lies by El-Rufai just like the launched by Tony Anenih titled “My Life and Nigerian Politics”

  • Boss

    It is difficult to understand the reason the Oba of Lagos is always bitter about his leaving the police force. He had accused Obasanjo publicly in the past. I wonder what he will be saying if he did not become the Oba of Lagos.
    I will rather be the Oba of Lagos than be the Inspector General of Police. Recently more than 25 AIGs and DIGs were unceremoniously sent packing.
    With all due respect, the Oba needs to be restrained in his public utterances. This was the reason for the problem with the Igbos during the last general election.

    • GusO

      The Oba likes to hear himself in the press. He has to complain about something about himself all the time. I’m not Igbo, but his utterances during the last general election amounted to coercion and intimidation and it is shame that he was a former law enforcement officer. It was uncalled for and no one in law enforcement and the Attorney General’s office warned him about breaking thr law. Was his agbaro behavior, no wonder he was retired from the police force.

  • sirOscie

    The lagos Oba should lick his wounds and leave other people out of the misfortune he brought upon himself…
    We all know he was kicked out by OBJ because of his excesses as the head of the police strike force.
    The lagos Oba should thank his stars that he was in the good books of OBJ, if not he would been treated like or worse than his then boss Tafa Balogun.
    Shame on him for forgetting so fast that it was the current President then military dictator that disarmed the police force equipped by the Shagari govt.
    Go sink yourself in the lagoon where you belong..

  • Robin Hood

    The day Atiku becomes Nigeria’s president is the day we start to experience real democracy and therefore growth. Not a single allegation against him was ever proven successfully in any court of law, home or abroad. If a sitting Nigerian president failed to convict him in Nigeria, the man is innocent period.

    • sirOscie

      very well said…