Mrs. Olufunke Daniel, wife of the former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel has been recommended for prosecution alongside six others, including traditional rulers.
Submitting its final report to the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun Tuesday, the chairman of the Ogun State Truth Commission, Hon. Justice Pius O. Aderemi Jsc (Rtd) said it was shown conclusively by the petitions considered by his panel that the seven persons engaged in acts of either political violence, abuse of office or hooliganism.
In a recommendation that is likely to have reverberations beyond the boundaries of Ogun State, the panel said, “The proven excesses of Mrs. Olufunke Daniel arose from the widespread abuse of spouses of Governors and Presidents when there is no legal basis for the office of First Lady in Nigeria. The State and Federal Governments should evolve an administrative mechanism that ensures that wives of Governors and Presidents carry out what they perceive to be their duties unobtrusively.”
It said that Mrs. Daniel led a group of policemen, government officials and political thugs to the house of one Ambassador Tunde Oladunjoye, the former Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government Council, where she slapped the petitioner and ordered the policemen to beat up Odunaya Rasheed, his Personal Assistant.
“It is the view of the Commission that the victim established a prima facie case of criminal offence against Mrs. Olufunke Daniel,” Justice Aderemi said. “Mrs. Olufunke Daniel undoubtedly held herself out as a Public Officer by moving to the Petitioner’s house with armed police escorts and ordering the policemen to beat Mr. Odunaya.”
Among others, the panel also recommended:
That Akeem Odejimi Ologbowon be prosecuted for the murder of late Gbenga Apolola, whose corpse could not be found as it was allegedly removed by his assailants, and that the Government of Ogun State should compensate Mrs. Apolola to enable her take care of the three children left by the deceased;
“With all the force at [its] command,” criminal proceedings against Mr. Saburi Kehinde Ayoade, Baale of Oke-Egan for the murder on January 31, 2011, of one Moshood Bankole in his house at Iloro Street, Ire-Akari, Iroko;
The prosecution of Oba Lateef Akanni Adeniran, the Olofin of Ado-Ado, for ordering the kicking, beating and stripping naked of Falana Jaiyeola by anti-riot policemen in his palace, for alleged failure of the victim to pay him (Oba) homage since his installation as an Oba, an order given by the Oba that was carried out in his presence by the policemen; and
Criminal proceedings against Mr. Bukola Olopade, a.k.a. Ozogula, who was found to have attacked one Ajasa Olayiwola at Car Wash Adatan Area of Abeokuta with thugs and hoodlums and had him beaten with sticks and metals, resulting in bleeding from his head.
Justice Aderemi appealed to the government of Senator Amosun to study the report and ensure, in the overall interest of the people of Ogun State, the implementation of its recommendations therein contained, as that would help to stem the tide of political violence, arsons, dispute arising from Chieftaincy Matters, unwarranted murders, abuse of public office etc.
“Good and god-fearing governance is a SINE QUA NON to development, stability and growth of any society,” he noted. “We pray that today, Tuesday 7th August 2012 will mark a positive turning point in the life of the citizenry of Ogun State.”
In a chilling testimony to the panel on February 22, Mr. Wale Adedayo, a former Chief Press Secretary to then governor Daniel, spoke about intricacies in the use of violence by top government officials and the nation’s security agencies, pointing out that the government often handed out contract killing jobs in the public interest.
He said, “A person could be chalked down under the table if those at the highest level of government feel his/her continued life could constitute a greater danger to general public good. We had a situation like that during the first term of Daniel. It was a very difficult decision, but it was taken and carried out nevertheless as it also involved a move to pacify the police.”
With specific reference to the task before the Truth Commission, which was to uncover the identities of persons or groups behind the series of orchestrated violence that took place in Ogun State between 2003 and 29, May 2011 and recommend appropriate sanctions, Mr. Adedayo assured the panel it would fail.
“Personally, but with due respect, I do not believe you can achieve this,” he stated.
Courtesy Daily Post