From: Oluseye Ojo, Ibadan
A suspected notorious Badoo gang kingpin, Alhaji Alaka Abayomi Kamal, has petitioned Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the National Assembly against the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Edgar Imohimi, in connection with the sealing of his business premises.
The Lagos State Government had, on Wednesday, sealed off a filling station, an hotel and event centre belonging to Alaka, on the grounds that they violated the state’s Urban and Regional Planning Law of 2010.
The sealing off came barely two weeks after the police, declared him wanted in connection with series of well-orchestrated killings by the Badoo cult group in Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos State.
The petitions to the National Assembly were addressed to the chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, and chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs. Alaka also sent petitions to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Two, National Human Rights Commission, and Police Service Commission.
Alaka, who spoke to journalists in Ibadan on Friday through his legal counsel, Mr. Tunde Ojehomon, said the common request made in all the petitions was that an independent investigating team be set up to look into the allegation against him that would be free from Imohimi’s control and supervision.
According to Ojehomon, a principal partner at Ojehomon B.F.F and Co., “In August 2017, our office had cause to respond to incriminating statements and the public parade if our client by the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Command on TV Continental.
“In the release, we informed the public that Alhaji Alaka Abayomi has instituted an action against the Inspector General of Police, and Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Edgar Imohimi, in Suit No FHC/L/CS/1241/17 between Alhaji Alaka Abayomi vs IGP and others.
“We affirm that the originating processes in this matter have been served on the respondents since August 2017, and this case has come up for hearing once before a vacation judge, and twice before Justice Hassan of the Federal High Court, Lagos State Division.
“The respondents were not only absent on those occasions but have failed, neglected and or refused to file any processes in response to our client’s case against them.
“The last time the case came up which was December 12, 2017, the court adjourned the suit for hearing to early this year. It is shocking how the respondents have again come to the public declaring our client, an applicant before a superior court of record, wanted over allegation of Badoo cult killing, the same subject matter of FHC/L/CS/1503/17.
“As though the above was not enough, in the early hours of January 2018, the business premises of our client were again sealed by officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) based solely on the security report made available to the Lagos State Government by CP Edgar Imohimi, alleging our client to be a Badoo kingpin.
“Though we are putting our papers together to seek legal remedy against what we perceived as unlawful sealing of our client’s property, we have resolved to resort to and exhaust all available administrative remedies in the light of the recent events that have concretised our suspicion that CP Edgar Imohimi has a personal axe to grind with our client.
“To this end, we have written petitions against the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, in person of CP Edgar Imohimi.”
He stated further that as soon as an independent investigating team is set up to loom into the allegation, “the truth about this case will cone to the fore. We therefore urge the public to remain calm and be wary of antics that will be prejudicial to their minds, pending the outcome of a proper investigation.
“We further urge the officers of Nigeria Police Force to operate within the confine of the rule of law and refrain from acts that will be prejudicial to the interest of our client and society at large until the court determines the case before it.”