Retired Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Olufemi Ajisafe has expressed regrets for joining the Nigeria Police Force.
Olufemi Ajisafe while speaking in an interview with The Punch said the Nigeria Police Force job for him would have been a smooth sail if things are done the way they are supposed to be done, just like the way we were trained in 1981.
He said, “Ordinarily, I would never have regretted working in the Nigeria Police Force, but what the police did to me was bad. Policing is a very nice job if things are done the way they are supposed to be done, just like the way we were trained in 1981; we were well trained and told not to be corrupt, rather, to be disciplined and honest.
“But when we started the job, we saw that the police are corrupt right from the top. When your senior colleagues send you on patrol, whether vehicular or foot, the junior ones would go out and make money and give to senior colleagues and up till now it’s still bad. I have regrets working in the Nigeria Police Force.”
Narrating his ordeal, Olufemi Ajisafe said, it all began when he filed a report about his missing ID card.
“I was posted to Area H in Ogudu; before then in 1996, I was a sergeant and I had misplaced my ID card and I went to the police station at Ebute-Metta to report that I had misplaced my ID card. I was given a proof to show that I misplaced my ID card and I had reported it. I also went to the court to swear to an affidavit that I had misplaced my ID card; then I went to the Force headquarters to report as well and request for another ID card. I was issued another ID, indicating my sergeant rank at the time.
“Six years after misplacing the ID, in 2001, I was promoted to an Inspector. One day, I was radioed on my walkie-talkie and asked to report to the station at Area H Ogudu. When I got there, I met the area commander and some people with him. The area commander told me that the people with him were policemen from Eleweran police station, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He said my missing ID card was used in a robbery operation at Ogere tollgate. I told them that I lost the ID card about six years before. The area commander asked me to go with the policemen to Abeokuta to make a statement. I followed them and made my statement. I told them that I was an Inspector and no longer a sergeant, which was the rank on my missing ID card. I added that I had documents that prove my story and that the ID card that was given to me as a replacement was returned to the police headquarters after I was promoted to Inspector.
“But they said I was going to be detained. The following day, they handcuffed me and took me to my house for a search. They ransacked my house and I brought out the documents, asked my wife to make photocopies of all the documents and gave them copies to show them as proof. But I was taken back to the police station and detained.
“After a month in detention at Eleweran, Abeokuta, I asked them why I was still being detained; then they then demanded a bribe of N100, 000. That is the worst thing that ever happened to me in my life; that is why the police remain the most corrupt organisation in Nigeria. I told them that I was in the system, that I was a serving police officer, yet they insisted I must pay them N100,000 because someone used my lost identity card to commit a crime. Then I asked them to show me the old ID card, but they said they weren’t going to show me; and up till today, they never showed me the ID card.
“What I later found out was that the number on the ID card found at the robbery scene was different from the number on my misplaced ID card. My number was 109-266 while the other one was 124-311. It was just the name, Olufemi Ojisafe, and the rank of sergeant that was the same.
I Regrets Working In The Nigeria Police Force –Retired ASP, Ajisafe
“Despite seeing my cash book and seeing that the balance in my bank account was N18, 600, they were still demanding N100,000 from me. Where did they want me to get N100,000? And even if I did have such an amount, I wasn’t going to give them because I did nothing wrong. They did four different identification parades, they asked the people who were robbed to identify those who robbed them, but I was not indicted by anyone.
“After spending two months in detention, I wrote a petition to the then Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, and copied the Commissioner of Police in Ogun State, Ekpo Udo. When they learnt that I had written a petition, they thought it could be dangerous for them, so, the next thing they did was to bring in crime fighters, who paraded criminals then on NTA, LTV and so. So, they paraded me as an armed robber and constantly showed me on television every week for three months. They said I was an Inspector of police who specialised in hijacking vehicles on the highway by using my ID card; this went on for three months and the whole world watched it.
“After spending 102 days in detention at Eleweran, I was charged to court for conspiracy, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms. The matter was before justice Bode Shodipe, and the police told the judge to convict me at all costs. But as God would have it, when I was in detention at Eleweran, there was a student union leader, Tajudeen, who was also detained. In the cell, some of the boys wanted to beat him, but I protected him.
“The boy and I got talking and he asked me why I was in detention and I explained to him. He told me that he would be taken to court the next day and that he would be meeting with a human right activist. He promised to discuss my case with the activist.
“Incidentally, the student union leader was released that same day he went to court and he came back to see me and took my case to the National Aids Control Organisation, headed by Mr Gbenga Sesan. Later, Mr Gbenga came to visit me in prison and I told him everything that happened.
“He told me he would go and investigate. When he went to speak to the police, they told him that I was rude, that I did not cooperate with them but they denied asking me to pay a bribe. When he asked them for the ID card used in the operation, they couldn’t provide it. He asked if I was indicted during the identification parade but they said I was not. He then asked why they had to charge me to court. They said it was an order from above; they said since they had paraded me on crime fighter, they had no other option but to take me to court”.
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Oando Clean Energy Limited has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (referred to as LAMATA), the Lagos State Government agency tasked with planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos.
The MoU establishes a partnership between OCEL and Lagos State in her journey to becoming a sustainable city via the rollout of electric mass transit buses, supporting charging infrastructure and service centres (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).
The statement obtained from the NGX noted that with over 25 million residents, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing megacities.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the MoU represented the State Government’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gases by replacing them with cleaner sources of energy.
Oladeinde said, “With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50%. A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others. Using electricity to power mass transit is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually transit to private cars.
“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot more to come on stream. I commend LAMATA and Oando on this MoU signing, and both parties can be rest assured that they have my full backing to ensure success,” he added.
Commenting on the MoU signing, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said: “We began this journey late last year, and for us, this has been a rapid development. It speaks to the energy and zeal of both organizations, and that is commendable. Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.
“This initiative will not only accelerate the Government’s transportation agenda, but also positively impact the health of Lagosians and the environment. The magnitude of its impact is far-reaching, and when you start to look at it as more than a transport initiative, you will see how laudable a project it is. The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are relying on this to successfully move from MoU signing to actual implementation that will in the medium to long term benefit over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very robust and fruitful partnership.”
In his response, the Chairman, Oando Clean Energy, Adewale Tinubu, who was represented at the MoU signing by Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune said: “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to its full potential.
As a company, Oando has always championed Public-Private Partnerships as fundamental to Nigeria’s industrialization. Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the landscape of mobility by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Furthermore, we remain dedicated to achieving our national commitment to net-zero by 2060, ending energy deficiencies and further propelling the country to an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.
We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a template for others to follow. It’s easy to be perturbed by the perceived challenges that come with the mega-city status tag, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today how to build a public transport system for the future.”
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on Lagos roads has quadrupled, yet studies suggest that Lagos could become the world’s most populated city by 2100 with as many as 100 million residents; and as the city grows, so will the number of vehicles.
This upward trajectory in vehicle numbers poses a significant challenge as transportation has been identified as the key contributing sector at circa 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.
Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between LAMATA and OCEL will enable the successful fulfilment of the objectives of the Lagos State Government through the deployment of an EV Infrastructure Ecosystem towards the attainment of a sustainable road transport system in the State.
Furthermore, this initiative will bridge the existing gap in available mass transit buses for the increasing number of Lagos commuters.
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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
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