—– It is not true says, Kogi CP
—– Governor Bello can’t be distracted by the antics of those with violent tendency like Ogembe, says kogi CPS
The immediate past Senator representing kogi central senatorial district, Senator Ahmed Ogembe has alleged that the Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is planing to use the state police command to frame him up over the killing of one Yusuf Adabenege an aide to the governor and Custodian of a Masgurade in EbiraLand.
Ogembe who made the allegation in a press statement issued on Sunday and made available to journalists in Lokoja called on the Inspector General of Police, IG Muhammed Adamu to expedite action aimed at unraveling the Mistry behind the killing.
But in a swift reaction, the kogi State police Commissioner, CP Hakeem Busari, described the allegation as baseless, unfounded and an attempt by the senator to weep sentiments into a matter that was still under investigation.
Similarly, Goovernor Yahaya Bello in his response also said that he would not be distracted by the antics of those with violent tendency like Ogembe, saying that he was more concerned with the move to provide good governance and provision of dividends of democracy to the people of kogi State.
Adabenege, a mascurade custodian and a personal Assistant on domestic matters to the governor, was killed last year by some gunmen, who later alleged in their confessional statements that they were contracted to assasinate him by Ogembe who was then a serving senator.
But Senator Ogembe however insisted that this is one of the antics of the governor, who he said always believed that whoever is not supporting his administration or ambition should be punished.
He said that he has since petitioned the IG, vowing to get to the root of the matter, stressing that he was worried that the police was foot dragging in the investigation.
He further alleged that the police Commissioner in Lokoja, CP Hakeem Busari was yet to send the case file to the force headquarters in Abuja as directed by the IG.
He called on the IG to enforce the order he gave to the kogi CP to furnish the force headquarters with all necessary information about the case so as to allow proper investigation into the murder of late Adabenege.
“I have petitioned the IG over the matter. The IG raised a team to lokoja to retrieve the case file. But somebody somewhere has stopped the CP from carrying out the IG’s directive. I am calling on the IG to enforce this order.
“I believe that what was done before was not correct. I suspect compromise. That is why I want to get to the root of the matter. As I promised our people, I will not rest until the real Killers of late Yusuf Adabenege are brought to justice
“The CP said there was a directive from some other person. I don’t think there should be any other directive that should be higher than that of the IG. I am appealing to the IG to further direct the CP to comply with his earlier directive on the matter.
“The allegation was against me which is false. Myself and our people have rejected this. I will pursue the matter to a logical conclusion. We must not allow such a heinous crime to be Committed and be playing politics around it. I have decided to dig deep into the root of the matter.
“There are several innocent people who are in prison, some have been killed eroniously because of this kind of false allegation. That is why I am calling for proper investigation into the matter. But they are holding very tight to the case file in Lokoja. He said
While regretting that in the last three years so many prominent personalities in the area have been dastardly killed, he however said that the case of Adabenege must be properly investigated and the perpetuators brought to justice so as to hault such senseless killings in future.
He commented the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji, (Dr.) Ado Ibrahim for he described as his untiring efforts aimed at ensuring peace in his domain and urged the royal father to sustain the tempo.
Senator Ogembe however challenged the president of the Ebira Peoples Association, (EPA), to stand up against injustice, by standing on the side of the people and truth, saying that he has a lot of responsibility to the people of Ebiraland.
“Challenging the EPA president further, he said, “where does your loyalty and allegiance lies. Is it the people or the government of the day. I expect you to have called me on this matter or meet you at the force headquarters, which you have not done. This is not good enough. You have to rise to the occasion because we are talking of human life here and not that of a goat.
But reacting on the development in Lokoja on Sunday, the state Commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Busari, dismissed the allegation, saying that there was no iota of truth in it.
The CP who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO), in kogi state, DSP William Aya said investigation into the allegation against senator Ogembe is still ongoing.
He maintained that there was no such directive from the Inspector General, IG of Police, requesting for any case file, stressing that the issue of disobedience does not arise as there was no such order in the first instance.
“The allegation against the former senator, Ahmed Ogembe was being handled by the homicide department of the force. Investigation into the matter is still ongoing. Therefore, there couldn’t have been any directive requesting any case file as alleged by the former Senator.
“We therefore called on the public to disregard the allegation. It is only when investigations are concluded that further action will be taken on the matter. But for now, all I can tell you is that investigation is still on.
Responding, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Muhammed, said that Goovernor Yahaya Bello as a leader who is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Kogi State cannot be distracted by the antics of those with violent tendency like Ogembe.
In a Statement signed by the CPS, noted that “the death of Yusuf Adabenege is still fresh in our hearts. It is preposterous for Ogembe to call in the name of the Governor if the assassins arrested by the police indicted him as the mastermind of the heinous crime.
“The killers of Yusuf were not arrested or paraded by the governor but the police, we urged the general public to disregard the jaundice and false allegation by Ogembe which we consider a distraction.Share this on WhatsApp