Southwest Governors Condemn Police Officer For Disrespecting Sanwo-Olu
The South-West Governors’ Forum has condemned the disrespectful act of a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) who publicly defied the order of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to vacate the Magodo Phase II Estate along with his men.
Reacting to the incident which happened on Tuesday, Chairman of the Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, described the action of the police officer as disconcerting and unacceptable.
“We are in possession of a video which has gone viral on the social media concerning the disgraceful exchange between a police officer, a CSP, and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, the supposed Chief Security Officer of the State, at the Magodo Residential Estate,” he said in a statement personally signed by him.
“The content of the video is very disconcerting, and this is being charitable. The utter disrespect, which underlines the response of the officer to the Governor establishes, beyond doubt, the impracticability of the current system, dubiously christened ‘Federalism.”
The statement added that “We condemn, very strongly, this brazen assault on decency. We call on the IG to explain the justification for this intrusion. This is not acceptable. Any expectations of rapprochement between so-called federating units and federal security agencies are becoming forlorn, progressively, due to deliberate acts which mock our very avowal to ethics and professionalism.”
The governor also condemned “the role of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, in this act of gross moral turpitude”.
“We, on our part, will continue to interrogate the current system, which treats elected representatives of the people as mere prefects, while appointed office holders ride roughshod over them as Lords of the Manor,” the statement said.
“If the purported Chief Security Officers of the States of the Federation require clearance from the office of the IG on matters within their areas of jurisdictions, only hypocrites will wonder why the current security crisis deepens and there appears to be no solution in the foreseeable future.
“We stand by our brother, the Governor of Lagos State. We advise him to deploy the Regional security outfit in the State to protect the lives and property of the people.”
He, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “rein in on the excesses of certain elements bent on acting in a manner capable of eroding the bond of trust existing between the people and the Federal Government”.