There seems to be no end in sight to the crisis between the Comrade Ayodele Adewale led administration in Amuwo Odofin Local Government and the Area Commander of Area E Police Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police Dan Okoro over the establishment of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard by Okoro.
Suffice to add that the Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered ACP Okoro to disband the group when the matter came up during investigation by the ad-hoc committee set up by the Assembly to investigate circumstances leading to the crisis in the local government.
The leader of the outlawed group, Emmanuel Uba, aka Onwa and his cohorts were seen at the Quarterly General Assembly meeting of the Festival Town Residents Association (FTRA), which was held at 6th Avenue, Festac Town, over the weekend allegedly harassing and attacking the Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale with ACP Dan Okoro allegedly watching with amused interest.
Comrade Adewale while recounting his ordeal with Journalists noted that “In the course of my address, the leader of the notorious group, Emmanue Uba (a.k.a Onwa) came to the high table to harass me and grabbed the microphone from my hand.
The photographer attached to my office was also attacked and his camera smashed, while my car was partly damaged. I narrowly escaped death but was saved by policemen from Festac Town Police Division, backed up by operatives of the SSS and the NSCDC in the local government.”
The local government boss further stated that, “what I saw on the eventful day could have been better imagined than experienced. The harassment and the attack took place under the watchful eyes of the Area E police Commander, ACP Dan Okoro. In fact, there were series of consultations between the Area E commander and members of the Community Policing Youth Vanguard shortly before and after the harassment and attack took place”.
Comrade Adewale emphasized that he would not give in to hoodlums. “If their mission is for me to bow to their nefarious activities, I will not,” he vowed.
He used the medium to once again appeal to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN; the acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba; and the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Kayode Aderanti; to intervene in this crisis.