The Nigerian National Student Association (NANS) berated Ogun State Police Commissioner Lanre Bankole for what it called the unlawful arrest and detention of one of its former leaders, Olawale Balogun.
Balogun, a former president of NANS in Ogun state, was arrested by police on Saturday for allegedly being in a vehicle with people whom police accused of possessing firearms.
But NANS accused the command and the CP of “unprofessional conduct, tactical political orientation, corruption and blatant abuse of power”.
He is said to have “illegally arrested, detained and presented Olawale Balogun as a political thug without any evidence in Ogun State”.
In a press conference addressed to the Iwe Iroyin, Okelewo, Abeokuta press center, the deputy coordinator of NANS in the southwest area, Oladimeji Uthman, said: “Olawale Balogun is a former president of our noble association, NANS / JCC Ogun Axis and was illegally arrested in the Ake neighborhood of Abeokuta, a neighborhood that was used for the APC Ogun State Congress on Saturday, October 16, 2021 by a team of police deployed to the area.
Contrary to claims that Balogun was in a Hilux van where weapons were recovered, Uthman told reporters that the former student leader “was arrested while crossing the road in Ake, but was presented as a political thug with allegations of arrest in a Hilux van found with guns and ammunition, an assertion that Police Commissioner CP Lanre Bankole could not substantiate himself, simply a lie from hell.
He added that several sources had “confirmed to us that the claim was only false and was only promoted by the police to carry out his heinous actions against our comrade and others.”
While accusing the police of violating Balogun’s right to freedom of movement, Uthman claimed that the police arrested him, although nothing incriminating was found on him.
It has been said that CP Bankole and his men “immediately turned the narrative to accommodate the evil plots orchestrated by his men and brought charges against the innocent comrade Balogun, while the real culprits who perpetrated the evil continue to stand. move freely around the state even when their images captured in the actions have been all over the internet for over 48 hours now. No arrests by CP Lanre Bankole have been made and we as history students are really waiting to see how life and property under his watch will be protected in Ogun State.
The NANS chief alleged that the CP, which was deployed to Ogun two weeks ago, had taken on the terrible task of being used by politicians without substance to wreak havoc with the aim of settling scores politicians in the state, stating: “Wale Balogun is neither a politician nor a thug and, as such, must be released.
While describing the new CP as “inexperienced, compromised and corrupt,” Uthman said: “We have all reported that CP Lanre Bankole has received the sum of N50 million from the powers of Ogun to prosecute the comrade Olawale Balogun for a crime he knows nothing about in their attempt to settle political scores with the former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Exposing the demands, the students demanded the immediate release of Balogun, “illegally detained for more than 72 hours”.
“For subjecting Comrade Olawale Balogun to unlawful arrest, we demand an open letter of apology from the Nigerian police force, Ogun State Command, to be published in three national dailies and damages of 500 million naira to be paid. in the next 25 days from now.
“In addition, we call for the immediate suspension and investigation of CP Lanre Sikiru Bankole by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) for accepting a bribe aimed at to undermine his oath of office in a blatant abuse of power and privilege by siding with politicians.
They also called for Bankole’s immediate redeployment from Ogun command, stressing that “he still has a lot to learn as we doubt his qualifications, intelligence and experience” as police chief.
“Finally, we hereby give CP Lanre Sikiru Bankole, IGP Usman Alkali Baba and Police Services Commission only 12 hours to accommodate our requests set out above, otherwise we will be forced to involve and to move the NANS National Secretariat to Ogun State and exercise the full scope of Aluta laws, ”he said.
When contacted, Ogun State Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi denied that the CP was bribed to arrest Balogun, claiming NANS leaders were malicious.
“Were they there when the commissioner received said money? They are just needlessly mischievous. Someone was arrested with a group of people and we found guns with them. Was the person arrested in their room?
“He was arrested alongside other thugs. Regardless of the level of their threat they cannot intimidate us into freeing a criminal and if their own student union activism is to support crime and criminality then we will have to reconsider our position with them.
“Student unions are formed to protect the best interests of students, not to harbor crime and criminality and if they believe their threat will cause us to release someone we are investigating for a crime, they have it. missed and we will do everything to stop their sponsors too, ”said Oyeyemi.