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Lagos CP orders investigation of DPO, lover ammunition theft, others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered an independent investigation into the alleged missing service pistol of DIvisional Police Officer (DPO) of Denton, Yaba axis, Adegoke Atilade, that led to arrest and detention of his lover, Jennifer Madueke, and sexual allegations against both in the office.

Odumosu has also directed an immediate redeployment of the officer so as to pave the way for diligent and unbiased investigation into the case to unravel the truth.

The CP, who assured Nigerians of a thorough and fair investigation, threatened that appropriate actions would be taken against any one found culpable at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation such that at the end, justice would have been served.

Through a statement released by the Command’s spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, on Friday, the commissioner assured residents of Lagos that any officer found to have acted against ethics of the profession would be punished within the ambit of the law.

While the DPO had been redeployed, his lover, Madueke, was said to have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba after spending three days in a detention facility at the Denton Police Station, Ebute Meta.

The 29-year-old lady, who was alleged to have been tortured to confess to the crime while in detention, and Atilade were lovers and they had been dating for long.

“On Friday, August 27, he invited the lady to his office and slept with her till Saturday morning. He released her to go around 5am and even saw her off to the bus stop. They did not see each other again until last Saturday, September 4, when he invited the girl and told her they should go out.

“However, when she went to see him, he detained her and accused her of stealing his service pistol. He kept her in his cell till Monday, September 6. While the girl was in the cell, he asked his boys to torture her to make confessional statements.

“On that Monday, he took her to an herbalist on Jebba Street, Ebute Meta, around 8am. The herbalist told him that it was the girl that took the pistol, but she denied the allegation. It was from there he took her to the SCIID, Yaba, where she has been detained till now,” the source added.

The officer said, “She was my girlfriend in 2011, but we separated. About one and half months ago, while I was around the Stadium area, she came to greet me and that was how she knew where I was working and she started coming. When her coming did not favour me, I told her not to come again.

“On that Friday, I was at a club with one of my friends. It was there a girlfriend came to meet me. Then this lady came later. I never knew that she had a mission. I sent her away and said I was busy.

“The other lady with me told me that she was going to Bariga. She also came, but said she could not get a vehicle to her residence that night because it was late. I then left them (both ladies) in the office and went out on a night patrol. It was then I started thinking I would go back and wake them up. When I returned, I gave her N4,000 (transport fare) to go.”

Asked if he slept with Madueke, he said, “When two people are in my office? I did not sleep with her. I left them there. Unknown to me, she had gone to pick a bag behind my chair. It was when she left that I discovered that my pistol was missing with N50,000. I did not even care about the money, but I started calling her, and she did not pick the calls. She also blocked me on WhatsApp.

“We went to prayer houses and consulted alfas, me and the other girl, but we did not find her. I did not see her for one week. I paid people who tracked her.”

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