The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to redeploy the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, saying the state was too volatile for her “gentle cop” approach to security.
Iba Adams also accused the Oyo State police boss of playing politics with sensitive security issues, adding that increasing rate of crimes perpetrated daily in the state can only be curbed by somebody that understands the terrain and the technicalities of security related issues.
Adams, in a statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, also blamed the Oyo State CP for her roles in the protracted detention of the three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress that handed over the notorious kidnap warlord, Abdullah Iskilu Wakili, to the police.
The Yoruba generalissimo also flayed the police over the murder and arson charges raised against the trio, maintaining that such cases are capable of destroying the trust reposed in the police.
Iba Adams pointed out that he would seek justice against the unjust arrest, arraignment and charges of arson and murder for the trio.
He noted last week, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, had expressed concern at the spate of insecurity in the state.
“Kabiesi lamented that over 70 per cent of farmers in Oke Ogun, Ibarapa and its environs could no longer go to their farms because of the fear of being kidnapped and killed by bandits and criminal Fulani herdsmen. From what Kabiesi had said, it is no doubt that there is impending danger lurking around the state. If farmers couldn’t go to their farms, then there would be famine and shortage of food in the state.
“Oyo State is central to the progress and development of the South West.
“The state is blessed with 33 local governments and a landmass of about two states put together. So, such terrible situation will definitely affect the whole of the South West. For instance, there was a report where kidnappers almost killed a teacher in Ibarapa.
“The teacher lost his hands to the criminal herdsmen. Therefore, I am appealing to IGP Adamu and the Police Service Commission to redeploy the Oyo CP, who, according to my finding, is too slow and biased, especially on sensitive security issues”, said Iba Gani Adams.
Adams, however, raised the alarm that Onadeko had released many of the kidnappers apprehended by the OPC and other local security operatives.