BY JUDE OCHANG
The recent redeployment of the immediate past Commissioner of Police in Ekiti, Mr. Wilson Ilalegwu, barely three months after he resumed work in the state and the sudden removal of the Director, Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) in the state, have continued to generate controversy in the state just as Ekiti Unity Agenda, an umbrella body of elders in the state, has condemned the development, alleging sinister motive.
In a statement made available to journalists yesterday, the group said: “We view the redeployment of former Commissioner of Police in Kogi, Abdullah Chaffe, an indigene of Katsina State as pure politics. We also note with consternation the redeployment of the Director of Department of State Service (DSS), Mr. Abdulfata Mohammed, another indigene from Katsina State.
“Ekiti Elders Unity Agenda believes that the posting of the two men from President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state cannot be a mere coincidence considering the role of Governor Ayodele Fayose as leading voice of the opposition in the country.
“We have every sense of belief to suspect that their postings are to actualise some sinister agenda and to gag officials of the state government and probably heat up the polity to prepare ground for an emergency rule.
“Why is Ekiti the only target of reposting of security chiefs? Is it only Katsina indigenes that are in the police and DSS? The Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, had barely spent three months in the state, so why the rush in redeploying him when the state is enjoying peace and tranquility?
We wish to state categorically that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura (another kinsman of president Buhari), should be held responsible for any crisis in the state.
“ We see this as the beginning of a new plan to destabilise the state and indiscriminate arrest of members of the opposition and has decided to come out to speak on behalf of other true sons and daughters of Ekiti.”
Also raising the alarm that he was not privy to the recent redeployment, Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, condemned the removal of the two security heads in the state without his knowledge describing the action as undermining the office he occupies.
Fayose said as the chief security officer of the state, he was supposed to be contacted if anything like that would take place.
He said he was never opposed to the two security agencies performing their legitimate functions, but that in removing and re-posting of officers, respect should be accorded constituted authority.
“A governor was elected and not appointed. But if those already posted from Buhari’s state have come to do some hatchet job in the state, they should have a rethink.
“Ekiti is very peaceful, nobody should come and destabilise this state. These are issues and steps taken ahead of 2018 governorship election. The federal government should not do anything funny”, the governor said.
Also, the Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Pastor Kola Oluwawole has condemned the removal of the two security chiefs, saying that the act is to actualise the plan of the APC-led Federal Government to invade the House of Assembly and arrest the lawmakers indiscriminately.
He warned that Ekiti people and the lawmakers were fully behind the governor, adding that no human effort can break the accord.