The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has disclosed how he left the Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
– The traditional ruler named those who plotted his ouster from the NPF
– Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura were mentioned
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has disclosed how he was forced out of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in 2002.
Oba Akiolu accused former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Mr Lawal Daura of plotting his removal along with other people he did not name.
According to the monarch, it was possible for them to convince former President Olusegun Obasanjo to summarily retire him from the Nigeria Police because the Police Service Commission (PSC) “is a toothless bull-dog.”
The monarch made this revelation during a stakeholders’ meeting held in Victoria Island Lagos, recently, Thisday reports.
He described his retirement from the force as conspiracy by chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win the 2003 elections in Lagos.
He also lamented the state of the Nigeria Police, which he said, was crippled by the previous military regimes, especially from 1984 to 1999 and outright neglect by the successive administrations.
His words: “Then Atiku, Daura and others sat down and advised President Obasanjo that if he wanted to win Lagos in 2003, I should be removed. It was written on paper.”
The monarch therefore, defended the former president, whom he said, argued that he “did not know anything about it. He had to send for the Inspector-General of Police (IG) because the then Chief of Staff challenged the plan to retire me.
“For someone to sit at the PSC and determine who retires from the police is unfair. This is not how to run a very efficient and effective police force,” Akiolu lamented.
Oba Akiolu also accused the military of killing the efficiency and performance of the Nigeria Police.
Meanwhile, Oba Akiolu has advised Nigerians to persevere despite the current economic hardship in the nation.
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