Ogun Police blackmailing me to save corrupt Sagamu DPO, Majority Leader says

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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.


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  • Dazmillion

    Even if the law maker has 100 criminal cases against him how does that stop the police from investigating corruption accusation against their DPO

  • Right Minded

    Imagine a senior Police Officer, having a POS machine in his custody to collect bribe. This country don finish wallahi

  • Dumbo

    Police officers attended your birthday party? For them to turn against you must be due to one of three things: is either you did not give them money for petrol, the pepper soup was not enough or you did not give them some take-away alcoholic drinks. Organise another party and make amends immediately and you will be friends again.

  • item7

    Police: cover my back, I cover yours. The police command in the state knows too well that if the D P O goes down all of them will definitely go down. My take here is that the DPO is a digital officer and it will be easy to investigate any corrupt practices committed by the DPO. Therefore, honorable, I challenge you to public details of all payments made or received through the POS terminal. This will help eliminate one bad egg in the police force and Nigeria in general.

  • McAlfred Uta

    IGP Arase, you were once a very noble Principal Staff Officer to many IGPs before you and probably still is as IGP. You and me know that there is no need for your Men to wait for allegation against one of their own before opening 15 allegations against Ogun State Speaker. Please and I beg you, show GOOD FAITH, by investigating the bribery allegation against DPO John Mark as well as the 15 cases against the Honourable Speaker. If you cannot, can we invite EFCC in mufti and I bet your DPO will collect marked money since it is difficult for the Leopard to change its colour. As for the Speaker, this is what your constituents expected from you, please keep the petitions and the prosecution witnesses in tact, for we are in your support. Sooner than later the truth will be revealed.