By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
An alleged Badoo kingpin, Alaka Abayomi, has asked the Nigeria Police Force to set up an independent investigating team to look into the allegation against him that is free from CP Imohimi’s control or supervision.
Addressing newsmen in Ibadan through his Principal Counsel, Barrister Tunde Ojehomon, the alleged Baado kingpin kicked against the sealing off of his business premises by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) saying the action was “unlawful and a breach of his fundamental human rights” as it was allegedly based solely on the security report given to the Lagos State Government by CP Imohimi alleging him to be a Badoo kingpin.”
According to Barrister Ojehomon, copies of the petition have been sent to the office of the Inspector General of Police, The Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the National Human Right Commission of Nigeria, The Police Service Commission, The Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs and The Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs amongst others.
He stressed that “the common request in all the petitions is that an independent investigating team be set up to look into the allegation against him (Alaka) that is free from CP Imohimi’s control or supervision.”
“To this end we have written petitions against the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, in the person of CP Edgar Imohimi. The common request we made in all the petitions is that an independent investigative team be set up to look into the allegation against our client that is free from CP Edgar Imohimi’s control or supervision.” he said.
Barrister Ojehomon emphasized that Alaka’s legal team is putting its papers together to seek legal remedy against what it perceived as unlawful sealing of its clients property, Ojehomon noted that the team had also resolved to and exhaust all available administrative remedies in the light of the recent events that have concretised its suspicion that CP Imohimi has a personal axe to grind with Alaka.
He maintained “that once the request of an independent investigative team is ensured, the truth about the case will come to the fore.” adding that the public should ” remain calm and be wary of antics that will be prejudicial to their minds pending the outcome of a proper investigation.”
Barrister Ojehomon, emphasized that the press conference was as a result of the ” recent publication in the gazette issued on the authority of the Inspector General of Police declaring Alaka wanted” and that “Alaka after his unlawful public parade by the Police of the Lagos State Command had instituted an action against the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, CP Edgar Imohimi in suit No FHC/L/CS/1241/17.”
He added that the originating processes in the matter have been served on the respondents since August 2017 and that the case has come up for hearing once before a vacation judge and twice before a Federal High Court judge in the Lagos Division but alleged that the respondents were not only absent on those occasions but that they have also “failed, neglected and or refused to file any processes in response to our clients case against them.”
“The last time the case came up which was 12/12/17, the court adjourned the suit for definite hearing to early this year. It is shocking how the respondents have again come to the public declaring our client, applicant before a superior court of record wanted over allegation of Badoo cult killing the same subject matter in FHC/L/CS/1503/17.” .
“As though the above was not enough, in the early hours of 3rd of January, 2018 the business premises of our client were again sealed by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) based solely on the security report made available to the Lagos State Government by CP Edgar Imohimi alleging our client to be a Badoo kingpin. Even though we are putting our papers together to seek legal remedy against what we perceive as unlawful sealing of our clients property, we have resolved to resort to and exhaust all available administrative remedies in the light of the recent events that have concretized our suspicion that CP Edgar Imohimi has a personal axe to grind with our client.”
He added “it is our earnest belief that once the above request is ensured, the truth about this case will come to the fore. We therefore urge the public to remain calm and be wary of antics that will be prejudicial to their minds pending the outcome of a proper investigation.”
“We further urge the officers of the Nigerian Police Force to operate within the confines of the rule of law and refrain from acts that will be prejudicial to the interest of our client and the society at large until the court determine the case before it.”