The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu 11, has warned the new Assistant Inspector of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2 Police Headquarters, Lagos, Joseph Mbu to stop from any attempt to intimidate the people of Lagos as he earlier did in Rivers State, when he was police commissioner.
Akiolu who gave the warning while receiving the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari’s delegation in his palace said: “Nobody can intimidate us. Let it be clear that Lagos is not Port Harcourt.”
The traditional ruler, who advised people of Lagos to cooperate with security agencies, added that though police redeployment is normal during elections, but that “any policeman that comes here to cause trouble will fail. I and my people will give him a matching order.”
He stressed the importance of police officers not be partisan, adding: “police should do their constitutional role without bias.
“I want to sound a word of warning to security agencies. If anybody comes here to come and cause trouble he will fail. Others have tried and failed. Sometimes back, someone (a police officer) was posted here and he attacked me and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I told him (police officer) he will fail and he did fail,” the monarch said.
He however urged the people of Lagos to cooperate with the security agencies for the general well-being of the state.
“I urged my people to cooperate with the police and the army to do their job. I want all my people to be peaceful and law-abiding. All shall be well with us,” he said.
The monarch said Lagos State has suffered under the PDP-led Federal Government since the return of civil rule in 1999. He described Buhari as an upright, honest and dedicated gentleman who meant well for the country.
“Lagos won’t ever lag behind again in the forthcoming dispensation. I know the ability of Buhari. He is very passionate about this country and he will deliver.” [myad]