By: Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye
Following the directives of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to the Oyo state Police Commissioner, Shina Olukolu to provide “security cover” for the sacked Local Government Chairmen in Oyo State, palpable fears have gripped local government workers.
Some workers who spoke with our correspondent indicated that they have resolved to stay at home, until the matters become clearer, “as no knows what would be the reactions of the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the caretaker chairmen.
Meanwhile, chairman of the dissolved Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Ayodeji Abass-Aleshiloye has told Westernlifenews that they (sacked Local government bosses) would resume as directed by the IGP. He however did not state the timing.
“Yes we are goind ahead as directed”, he said in response to our whatsapp message.
The chairmen who were sacked by the State Governor, Seyi Makinde in June 2019 have described the governor’s action as illegal.
But relying on the supreme court judgement on the matter, the Minister if Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN) had last week wrote a letter dated January 14, 2020, and addressed to the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo.
The letter, marked HAGF/OYO/2020/Vol.I/I., was titled, ‘Unconstitutionality of dissolution of elected local government councils and appointment of caretaker committee: the urgent need for compliance with extant judicial decisions.’
The AGF said in view of the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter that is binding on all the 36 states of the federation, “The common practice by some state governors in dissolving elected local government councils is unconstitutional, null and void.
“So, any system of local government run by caretaker committee is illegal and unconstitutional.
Malami then directed Oyo state government to immediately disband all caretaker committee and restore democratically elected representatives to man the local government’s councils.
“Mr President and other relevant agencies will be advised further on compliance measures that should be taken in national interest.” The letter added
The Peoples Democratic Party had also described the directives of the Minister as illegal, stating that Malami had not constitutional power to give such a directive and urged the 69 caretaker chairmen of local government and local council development areas to ignore the directives.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, through his Principal Staff Officer, Idowu Owohunwa, has written to the chairman of the dissolved Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Ayodeji Abass-Aleshiloye to liaise with the Oyo CP to facilitate a smooth takeover of the local government areas in the state.
The letter dated January 23 and titled “Re: Federal Government Order to Governor Seyi Makinde to Reverse Sack of Local Government/ Local Council Development Areas Chairmen in Oyo State- Result for Police Protection” directed the CP to initiate appropriate actions in line with the legal opinion of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on the matter.
“Your letter dated 21st, January, 2020 on the above underlined subject, refers,
“I am to inform you that the Inspector-General of Police has directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State to initiate appropriate actions in line with the legal opinion of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on the matter.
“You may accordingly, liaise with him to facilitate. Accept the assurances of the esteemed regards of the Inspector General of Police, please”.