By Femi OLAOYE, Investigator Correspondent, South-West/
ABEOKUTA- WHEREAS, residents of Lafenwa, a tiny community in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital are still grieving and counting losses after the Sunday inglorious tanker explosion which claimed lives and property, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called for the immediate redeployment of the Divisional Police Officer DPO of the Division, CSP Samuel Aladegoroye.
The reason for the Governor’s action was not immediately known but a source said the DPO was being accused of negligent, irreconcilable corruption among other offences.
A source told CrimeWorld magazine online that the governor who visited the scene Monday, was so bitter about the activities of the DPO in the area especially, combating crimes and criminality even as he commiserated with families of the deceased persons of the fire incident.
The source quoted the governor as saying he would contact the Commissioner of Police CP Lanre Bankole shortly to ensure that the DPO was redeployed as well as bring those hoodlums who ignited the fuel to flame.
He reportedly said, “There are complaints against the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) here. I want that DPO investigated. I also want him removed from this place because this is not the first time that complaints have been lodged against him. We have gotten several complaints against him about how he mismanages this place, particularly as it pertains to miscreants that come and disturb the traders.
“He arrests them, within five to ten minutes, he releases them and that is why this place has continued to be restive. The thuggery in this place has not been contained. I want the CP to declare an emergency here in Lafenwa; I want every miscreant arrested because this kind of situation is totally unacceptable – where a tanker overturns, fuel that is highly inflammable is flowing through the drainage and someone willfully ignites it so that they could cause chaos and begin to loot the market. This is very bad; it is just not acceptable; it is criminal.”
Sources said the explosion occurred at a failed portion at the railway on the Lafenwa-Ojurin-Ayetoro road in the Abeokuta-North Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.
The tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol had overturned when its axle broke and started spilling its contents on the road. Shortly afterward, there was pandemonium arising from scooping the content without Police presence.
It was reported that some persons said to be street urchins later ignited the area and the fuel went up in flame causing the death of a grandmother and her grandchild in the process.
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