Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has ordered the immediate removal of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Lafenwa, Abeokuta, CSP Samuel Aladegoroye, by the Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole.
The governor also ordered the arrest of all miscreants involved in setting on fire a petrol-laden tanker that claimed two lives on Sunday.
The governor spoke on Monday during an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the tanker explosion, saying there were lots of reports against the DPO, who he said was neither effective nor efficient in the discharge of his statutory duties.
“There are complaints against the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) here (in Lafenwa), I want the DPO investigated. I also want him removed from this place, because this is not the first time that complaints have been lodged against him.
The Ogun helmsman also ordered the CP to “declare an emergency here in Lafenwa,” threatening that he wants miscreants arrested.”
He described as totally unacceptable and criminal, a situation where a tanker overturned and someone willfully ignited the flowing combustible fuel in order to loot the market.
While calling for full investigation, Abiodun urged the CP to “ensure that everybody involved in this heinous crime is arrested and brought to book,” adding that “We must make an example of them.”
The Governor described the loss of lives as unfortunate, noting that both Federal and State Fire trucks were also damaged by the hoodlums who also prevented fire trucks and men of Transport Enforcement and Compliance Agency (TRACE) from sealing off the area and protecting the tanker from going up in flames.
The Governor while commiserating with the traders who lost valuables in the fire incident, directed the commissioner for Special Duties, Femi Ogunbanwo to take inventory of all goods lost, promising to provide palliative for victims.