DPO Solotan not responsible for missing constable - DPO's Family cry out
The family of a Divisional Police Officer in Ogun State, SP Kazeem Solotan on Wednesday arose in the defense of the DPO over the missing of a constable, Emmanuel Gene during attack by hoodlums at Aba Tuntun, a community in Ijebu - Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Our reporter gathered that the cop gone missing after attack by heavily armed hoodlums alongside with the DPO and four others on December 1 at the area during operation.
Security operatives had stormed the village on a disarm mission following a petition written by the Head of the community to the police authorities.
The DPO who led the team was shot in the arm while some others sustained degrees of gunshot injuries, Cityvoice learnt.
However, three of the four abducted officers have been rescued, but Constable Emmanuel Gene remains in the hoodlums' custody.
Our reporter gathered that the DPO was just discharged from the hospital last weekend.
Speaking to journalists on the allegation that the DPO was responsible for the missing officer, the in-law to the family, Prof. David Bamgbose said the DPO was on official assignment which was authorised by the police authorities, revealing that the mission was a joint mission between the police and DSS.
Bamgbose who described the allegation by the missing constable family as misdirecting and mis-focused, urged the family not to personalised the issue and therefore sympathised with the family.
His words: "DPO Solotan was on duty, the police duty. Those people who alleged they move to the place in the night, when is hoodlums and armed robbers normally attack, is it not in the night, who you now tell the police not to go to where there is fracas in the night, they operate in the night and the police have to go to there to stop them. The DPO is only doing his duty and he is not responsible for the unfortunate incident".
"We sympathise with the family of constable Emmanuel Ogene but we are saying that they are misdirecting their attacks, focus on the DPO", he stated.
Bamgbose added "The police Commissioner and authorities have come out to say that they authorise the operation, done it in collaboration with the DSS in charge of that area so why are they now personalising it, that's the issue.
DPO solotan was also shot, he was also hospitalised. They should just continue to encourage the police, expedite and work more and they should not personalised the issue".
He therefore advised "The government and police authorities should try to come to the aid of gallant officers who at the risk of their lives move to protect the citizens".
"We should not allow ammunition in the eye of the people, some of the reasons why DPO solotan went to recover in the hands miscreants and hoodlums, illegal arms, about 24 Dane guns, according to the report we have been hearing, we should not allow this to fetch back, we should not allow problems to degenerate , we should nip it at the bud.
Most of the national security situations we have in the country started as a small fire now they have become conflagration now. We should kill it now before it fester", he concluded.
Reacting, the Police Spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the command was on top of the situation towards rescuing the officer.
"If that statement was actually made, it is an unfortunate statement from whoever that have made it. There is no way a police officer will be missing and the command will fold hands and do nothing.
"If we can go all out to look for any member of the public that got missing, how much more of our own personnel that we will now fold arms and be watching?," Oyeyemi said.