By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Correspondent Lagos/
LAGOS-A Lagos based rights lawyer and property consultant, Yinka Sanni has called on the Inspector-General of Police IGP Kayode Egbetokun to urgently intervene in a land matter between his client, Abdulsaheed Mosadoluwa aka Ibile and other competitors leading to incessant Police harassment and Indefinite detention. The Lagos lawyer alleged that his client was arrested in Lagos since on January 20, 2024, kept in Area ‘F’ Ikeja by men of the Special Tactical Squad STS from Abuja and flown to the FCT the following day adding that after interrogation, he was granted bail only for the DIG in charge of STS Garuba Sanni to invite him while he was about boarding a flight back to Lagos and got him detained again; giving instructions to his boys to approach the court for a remand order so he can be kept in custody perpetually.
Lawyer Sanni noted that the matter for which his client was being held had been investigated by police detectives attached to Zone 2 Command Headquarters Onikan, Lagos adding that it was even in court. He noted that after his client was arrested on January 20,2024, he told the arresting officers from Abuja that the same matter had been investigated by Zone 2 and it was in court and the officers asked him to bring documents relating to his claims as early as 9.00am the next day only for him to get to the station before 8.00am and the men had flown to Abuja. According to him, immediately his client was arrested, one of the petitioners Babatunde Gbadamosi toook to his twitter account and twitted that my client’s arrest was not without drama, calling him a terrorist and that thugs besieged Area ‘F,’ on the day of his arrest to truncate police job and that even the CP Adegoke Fayoade tried to truncate his arrest.
A distraught Sanni said, “My client was arrested January 20,2024 and taken to Area ‘F’ by men of STS from Abuja and immediately, the likes of Babatunde Gbadamosi took his twitter handle a terrorist had been arrested and his arrest was not without drama that thugs besieged Area ‘F’ and that even the CP tried to truncate his arrest. All these were all false. That day I left Area “F’ around 1. 00am and the arresting officers asked me to brings documents of the matter already investigated by Zone 2 officers, including those that it was in court the next day. But before I could come as agreed, they had left.”This thing is very, very annoying. The likes of Babatunde Gbadamosi, Mike Ostabomhe and Dotun Hassan should be thoroughly investigated. Because of this I have written a petition to the CP Lagos State in respect of cyber stalking, bullying and names calling. The name of CP Adegoke Fayoade also featured on their twit so I am expecting the matter to be thoroughly investigated to authenticate the claims of Gbadamosi that the CP tried to thwart the arrest and that thugs besieged Area ‘F’ moments after my client was arrested. If they are all false, then Section 24 of the cyber crime prevention and Prohibition Act 2015 should be brought to bear.
“Freedom of speech is guaranteed in our Constitution but it has qualifications. When your Freedom of speech starts and ends somewhere, you cannot chose to say viral things that could put the lives of others at stake. The life of my client is at stake, he has been labelled terrorist, so anybody dealing with him sees him as such. That cannot be taken away, it is on twitter. I have done a petition to the CP and the IGP but surprisingly, nothing has been done about it yet. Such impunity should not be allowed to hold in this country otherwise, our democracy is at stake. Today it is Ibile, another day it may be another person. If you’re a competitor in real estate business, you don’t need to be jealous.
“I want the IGP to know that the Nigeria Police is one, there is no need for duplicity of casefile. You report a case here and because the suspect sees that the case is not favourable to him, he runs to another police formation to lodge same complaint against you and you who was the complainant here becomes a suspect there, its double- jeopardy. This trend should stop.
“Sir, the policemen from Zone 2 are not from Ghana, it is very strange for the STS operative to commence fresh investigation without recourse to the case file in Zone 2! The continue detention of Hon. Saheed Mosadoluwa while just sending policemen today the 28th January, 2024 to come and obtain statement from other parties that sold land to him clearly reveal biasness while Mike Ostabomhe moves freely.”