Reactions Trail Bolanta's Transfer

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Reactions have continued to trail the redeployment of the outgoing Commissioner of Police in Oyo state, Alhaji Adisa Baba Bolanta.

While Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and a high chief in Ibadan, Senator Lekan Balogun, says the redeployment was good riddance to bad rubbish, Special Assistant on Strategy to the state’s estwhile governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, Sola Abegunde and Chairman, Action Alliance (AA), Mr. Tunde Kilani Anifowose felt differently.

ACN Secretary in Oyo State, Honourable Wasiu Olatubosun said that ACN lauds the posting out of Bolanta to Sokoto.

Olatubosun said: “Oyo ACN lauds CP Bolanta’s redeployment. It is a welcome development. The redeployment is long over due. The redeployment is a victory for the oppressed people of Oyo State”.

He lamented the unjust killings and breach of security which characterised the Bolanta era in the state.

Olatubosun stated: “The party then appeals to the incoming CP to be guided by true sense of patriotism and not parochial interest”.

Balogun in his own case said that Bolanta was a sentimental policeman who senselessly supported Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala to break the law.

He said that with the exit of Bolanta in the state, the state will begin to witness peace.

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But Abegunde said that there is nothing unusual about the posting, adding that it is a normal routine in the police.

He said there is no basis for anyone rejoicing over the posting because it did not affect Bolanta alone.

Anifowose said Bolanta has done his own part and history in the state will not forget him.

He wished him goodluck in his new place of posting.

Reacting, Bolanta stated that his deployment from Oyo state to Sokoto State as a state Commissioner of Police is not as a result of the orchestrated campaign by Senator Balogun and his clique for his removal, rather the deployment is a routine and transparent transfer exercise involving other commissioners of police.

He described his posting as a positive development that would afford him the opportunity to forge ahead in his profession to command another state as well as a further testimony to the trust the Police High Command repose in him.

His words, “Senator Balogun is therefore advised to behave like a senior statesman and a responsible High Chief he claims to be. I am not deterred by the outburst of the distinguished Senator. I wish to state that I owe no apology to Senator Balogun or any other person who feels aggrieved by my actions which were taken in the course of my official duty, and if given the opportunity I will still do what I have done to serve the good people of Oyo state honestly”.

—Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan