The Majority Leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Adeyinka Mafe, has accused the state police command of trying to blackmail him with false allegations.
Mr. Mafe was recently accused by the Ogun Police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, of being under investigation in 15 different criminal cases.
The lawmaker dared the police on Sunday, saying he was ready for prosecution but alleged that he was being blackmailed for raising corruption allegations at a senior police officer in the command.
Mr. Mafe had on the Assembly floor on Tuesday alleged that the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sagamu, John Mark, was extorting residents, He, therefore, called for probe of the senior police officer.
In its reaction to the lawmaker’s allegation, the police, through Mr. Adejobi, said Mr. Mafe had no moral justification to raise such issues as he has about 15 criminal and cult-related cases linked to him.
Mr. Adejobi also absolved the Sagamu DPO of any wrongdoing.
On Sunday, the lawmaker said he had about 50 petitions against Mr. Mark.
“I don’t want to sound like I alleged the DPO (did something wrong),” he said. “I have in my possession series of petitions from victims of extortion, criminal extortions I called them, 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.”
He also hinted that the Assembly might summon the Ogun Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, and Mr. Adejobi on the alleged criminal cases against him.
The majority leader queried the police command for waiting until he accused a senior police officer before it came up with allegations against him.
“It baffles me that the PPRO and CP himself will wait until now that I am accusing one of the 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 the 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’s just being aggrieved of some personal issue. If he puts equal amount of energy into investigating the DPO of Sagamu, like he’s doing to attack my person, he’s going to find out the issue and he’s going to 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 Honourable from Sagamu constituency II was informing the Speaker that the DPO has a PoS machine with which he collects bribe and I am putting this on record quoting Hon. Soyebo because he’s from Sagamu as myself and I think that is grievous.”
The lawmaker expressed dismay that the Ogun Police, (whose leadership include the Commissioner of Police and the Public Relations Officer), who were at his (Mr. Mafe’s) birthday celebration a fortnight ago would associate with someone being investigated for criminal activities.