Ogun State Police Command has said it is investigating 15 criminal cases allegedly involving the majority leader of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Yinka Mafe, who represents Sagamu 1 state constituency.
The Assembly on Tuesday had ordered the immediate probe of John Mark, the Divisional Police Officer of Sagamu Division, over allegations of large scale corruption, including demanding huge sum of money before granting bail, and harassment of citizens by the majority leader.
The majority leader had informed the Assembly that the people of Sagamu were ready to stage a protest against the DPO, adding that the matter had been reported to the police command but nothing was done.
But reacting to the allegations against the command and the DPO, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi said the majority leader had no moral justification to level such against the command as he was being investigated for criminal activities.
Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, said the majority leader was being investigated on cases involving sponsoring cultism and other criminal activities, adding that he would be prosecuted after the investigations.
The PPRO, who defended the DPO, explained that it takes a very though officer to maintain the security arrangement in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state, saying that the DPO was purposely posted to the area to uproot evil and sponsors of criminal activities.
He said, “The allegation is unknown to the command, because the DPO, CSP Mark is one of the best Divisional Police Officers in this command. He was actually posted to Sagamu to uproot the evil and evil doers in Sagamu. It takes a tough man to control security arrangement in Sagamu.
“We want to say, without mincing words, that the allegations are baseless. We have only 15 cases against this person; all I know is that by the time we finish the investigations against him we are going to address the press.”
When asked why the command would have to wait until Mafe preferred allegations against the police, Adejobi said, “Investigations are on into many of these cases; we don’t just come out to say we want to try somebody; we don’t like to take somebody to court and loose the case. We do whatever we want to do base on empirical fact; we are still trying to gather our empirical facts.
“By the time we have the empirical facts, if need be to charge him to court, he is going to be prosecuted because he has no constitutional immunity and cannot say he is above the law, the police will do the needful.”
Mafe, while reacting during an engagement with the PPRO on his Facebook page, threatened to institute a legal action against the police for referring to him and the Assembly as “unclean.”
He wrote: “Address the message, not the messenger. PPRO, I refuse to join issues with you. I believe you should know the implication of inferring that me and/or the institution of the Ogun State House of Assembly as ‘unclean.’ Be assured that you will hear from my lawyer soon.”

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