21st September, 2010
Oyo State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji LateefÂ Akinsola (Tokyo) has accused the state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adisa Baba Bolanta,Â of conspiring to kill him.
Tokyo said that he deliberately refused to honour the invitation of the police to appearÂ at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan because he feels there is a conspiracyÂ between Bolanta, Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala and sacked chairman of NURTW,Â Alhaji Lateef Salako (Eleweomo), to kill him.
According to him, the police have concluded arrangements to detain him in their custodyÂ in order to kill him with gas in the cell.
His counsel, the former Oyo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr.Â Michael Lana, in a letter signed by one of the lawyers in his chambers, Mr. VictorÂ Adewale addressed to the state police command and copied the Inspector General of PoliceÂ described the invitation of Tokyo by police as illegal.
He said: â€œTake notice that your action is a contempt of court and we shall not hesitateÂ to commit you to prison for same as the sanctity of the rule of law must be preserved atÂ all costsâ€.
Alleging that Bolanta, Akala and Eleweomo were behind the midnight attack of 15Â September, 2010 on Tokyo, he said that at the appropriate time, the evidence would beÂ revealed to the appropriate authorities and the court.
â€œMore credence is lent to our clientâ€™s belief that you are part of the conspiracy thatÂ put up the attack because, you (Bolanata) refused to provide security to enforce theÂ judgement of the National Industrial Court (NIC) reinstating the Tokyo-led executive ofÂ the NURTW, Oyo State Council despite our chamberâ€™s many entreaties to you. Our clientÂ Tokyo expressed his apprehension to you several times, particularly, the midnight attackÂ of last Wednesday and named the culprits involved in the attack yet you deliberatelyÂ refused to arrest the culprits,â€ Lana stated.
Continuing, he said: â€œYou have indicted yourself and can therefore not set up anyÂ investigation panel to investigate the case because that will mean you will beÂ investigating yourself and a man cannot be a judge in his own case.â€
He further pointed out that a suit has been filed in the court to restrain the CP and anyÂ policeman from further investigating, attacking, arresting and or harassing Tokyo.
Lana disclosed that 29 innocent people were murdered during the crisis instigated byÂ Governor Akala, the police and Eleweomo, adding that their bodies had been discovered atÂ the bank of Asejire River where they were dumped.
Speaking on the development, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSPÂ Bisi Okuwobi said that the police would not declare Tokyo wanted as earlier contemplatedÂ for not honouring their invitation.
She said that his counsel had appeared on his behalf to state the reason why Tokyo failedÂ to appear before the CP yesterday.
Okuwobi, however, debunked the allegation that the police are conspiring with GovernorÂ Akala and Eleweomo to kill Tokyo, describing Tokyo as an inconsistent person who claimedÂ that he could not honour police invitation because he is sick but strong enough toÂ address newsmen.
She said that Tokyo lacks integrity and he is trying to attract public sympathy to coverÂ up the alleged crimes he has committed.
She disclosed that Eleweomo, after giving his statement at the state CID, Iyaganku, hasÂ been released on bail.
Okuwobi warned members of NURTW to stay away from fomenting trouble, stressing that noÂ matter how big anybody is, he cannot be bigger than the law.
â€œIt is a matter of time. Those who are making the state hell for innocent and law abidingÂ residents would one day be brought to book. We will all gain from peace but lose if peaceÂ eludes our dear state,â€ she pointed out.