THREE Possible Reasons Lagos Police Commissioner Was Removed
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has been directed to resume as the Commissioner in Charge of the Explosives Ordinance Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The reasons behind Mr Edgal redeployment has not been made known by the Inspector-General of Police and we do not expect the police boss to start explaining his decisions.
But as residents of Lagos, this news would not come as a surprise to many considering events of the past few weeks.
It may not be unconnected with one or some, if not all of the following events.
1. MC Oluomo Stabbing
Mr Imohimi Edgal has been accused of bias in handling the violence that erupted during the APC campaign flag-off held at the Skypower Grounds, GRA Ikeja Lagos.
The violence led to the stabbing of a top shot of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, MC Oluomo and some members of the union are pointing fingers.
They are asking why police is chasing Adekunle Mustapha (Sego) who was absent and lost one of his boys at the event, while the Idumota chairman, Agbede Tajudeen and one Azeez Lawal (aka Kunle Poly) who were both present are walking free.
The problem is that MC Oluomo is a well-known loyalist and political contractor for APC National leader and former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu.
It is therefore not irrational to suspect that Mr Edgal may have offended one of the most influential politicians in Nigeria and definitely the most powerful man in Lagos.
The IGP’s decision might just be a product of another “order from above”.
That Edgal's replacement happens to be Kayode Egbetokun, a former Chief Security Officer to Bola Tinubu, just makes things more awkward.
2. Loyalty To Ambode
The crisis that rocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos in 2017 was unprecedented.
The entire state parliament, executive council, political giants, party top shots and deputy governor united to deny incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode the ticket to contest for a second term.
It was a coup and nothing more, as far as Governor Ambode’s loyalists were concerned.
However, this coup happened without the security apparatus of the state led by Mr Edgal because he has been touted to be a former classmate of the governor.
Now that the “rebels” have won, we do not expect that they feel comfortable going into an election with a less popular candidate, Sanwoolu while the Police boss is a friend to Ambode.
3. Pre-election Reshuffling
Past events when state police commissioners have been accused of helping ruling parties to win elections have led to citizens demanding reshuffling of police chiefs across the country before elections.
Mr Imohimi Edgal’s redeployment might as well be a product of such expected tweak in the system to allow a level playing ground and give politicians a sense of fairness.
In January alone, three commissioners of police have been removed in Imo, Ekiti and Zamfara states but they seemed to have been removed for non-election related issues.
That Mr Edgal’s removal has not come with other redeployments would also give us reasons to believe it is not election fairness related but something about other “sins” we are yet to confirm.
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