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Police CSP deployed to Magodo by Malami, IGP defies Sanwo-Olu openly – Report

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An unnamed Chief Superintendent of Police on Tuesday openly defied the order of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to vacate the Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of the state.

According to The Punch, the CSP told the governor that he and his armed colleagues were at the estate on the orders of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Sanwo-Olu had led members of his cabinet to visit the residents protesting against the continuous presence of armed policemen in the estate.

For days, policemen, who accompanied suspected land grabbers and members of a family who had planned to demolish property in the choice estate to execute a Supreme Court judgment, have besieged the estate, and the development has caused commotion at the estate as landlords and tenants panic over their fate.

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The residents had called on the governor to intervene and Sanwo-Olu who visited the scene on Tuesday told the leader of the police delegation that the land matter was a case between private individuals and the state government.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Can you call your superiors in Abuja and tell them that the governor is here and as the Chief Security Officer, you don’t have any business being in my state right now and that I want you to disengage right now?”

But the unnamed CSP replied, “I am here on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police through the AGF. I am too small or too low to call them. Your Excellency sir, you can call them sir.”

Asked of the number of policemen at the estate, the leader of the police delegation told the governor, “My men are here; they are all over the place, I cannot precisely tell you how many we are. For security purpose, I cannot tell you the number.”

Asked of the number of policemen at the estate, the leader of the police delegation told the governor, “My men are here; they are all over the place, I cannot precisely tell you how many we are. For security purpose, I cannot tell you the number.”

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Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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  1. In my opinion he did not defy any order. How come the Governor left out the CP in his entourage? Second this is a Supreme Court judgement. He should have allowed his AG interface with the AGF if there is ambiguity or go back to the Supreme Court for clarification. In any Federal State where the state law clashes with the Federal law the latter prevails. The CSP did the right thing. The Governor did not act like a Governor.

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