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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Puzzle: Already Demoted Police Sergeant Promoted Inspector Two Years After

The Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Extra Judicial Killings has learnt that a Police Sergeant, Gbenga Olajide who was demoted to the rank of Corporal following a misconduct was promoted an Inspector of Police two years after.

The Nigeria Police Force in year 2017 through the office of the Provost at the Ogun State Command in care of 16PMF released a signal with CH6450/OGS/PROV/VOL 21/312 DTO 231549/02/2017 demobbing and reducing Sergeant Olajide to the rank of a Corporal following his orderly room trial on a case of attempted murder. Olajide was alleged to have stabbed one Mr. Oluwasola Oladunjoye on the side of his neck with no justification. 

Having been demoted, the same officer was transferred to Ondo State Command three months after, where he was alleged to have reported as a Sergeant and not a Corporal. Two years after, Olajide got promoted to the rank of Inspector of Police. 

The Panel found out about the suspicious promotion of Olajide upon enquiries about his present posting and rank after the Panel had heard evidence of the petitioner, Mr. Oluwasola Oladunjoye, during its sitting at Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta. 

Narrating his experience with Officer Olajide, Mr. Oladunjoye, a Weight Lifter who came fourth in the 69kg category while representing Nigeria in India in the year 2008 said, "I went to a bank in Abeokuta, to withdraw money in preparation for my trip to Cuba to participate in the Weight Lifting Festival of 2017. 

There were cars and motorcycles packed in front of the bank and for me to pass, I jumped over a motorcycle and a police officer accosted me asking if I knew the implication of my action? While still speaking with me, another officer named Gbenga Olajide slapped me from the back and later stabbed me on the side of the neck". 

The petitioner who added that the incident prevented him from attending the competition at Cuba where he could have won medals worth millions of naira for himself as well as made the nation proud is seeking justice by way of prosecution against officer Gbenga Olajide who attempted to take his life, while also requesting for appropriate compensation for his medical bills, already purchased flight ticket to Cuba amongst other losses.

The Panel Chairman, Justice Solomon Olugbemi, while reacting said, "the officer has been invited to come and give his own side of the story before we will conclude our own investigation".

Femi Osipitan, 
Media Officer, Ogun State Judicial Panel of Investigation

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