BY UDO IBUOT
LAGOS — WHAT could have motivated a former commissioner in Ogun State to threaten the life of a Lagos house wife, Mrs. Aderonke Odupitan?
Why would the same ex-commissioner lead a four-man armed gang to keep vigil on the residence of the affected house-wife at Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos?
These are some of the burning issues which operatives in the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), at Kam Salem House, Obalende, Lagos, as well as other security agencies in the state are trying to unravel.
The matter came to light following series of petitions dispatched to the Police by Mrs. Odupitan, who has been living in fear for more than 10 months after her shocking confrontation with the ex-commissioner on telephone.
In one of the petitions, which was addressed to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), the housewife identified a car, allegedly used by the ex-commissioner in trailing her, as bearing a Lagos number plate.
The petition stated that “before the said car was spotted near my family’s Amuwo Odofin residence, I received a telephone call from a foreign number, which has been traceable to the ex-commissioner in OgunState.”
She added: “The phone conversation which lasted almost an hour threatened my life because the ex-commissioner promised to send thugs to deal with me on, before or after November 12, 2011. Ever since then, I have not been able to have a sound sleep because my life is being threatened.”
Mrs. Oodupitan said she strongly believes that the ex-commissioner might have fled the country to either the United Kingdom, the United States of America, or South Africa, to avoid possible arrest.
Dependable sources hinted that the threat to Mrs. Odupitan by the ex-commissioner might not be unconnected with her husband, who is alleged to be the ex-commissioner’s father-in-law.
Meanwhile, having waited for more than one year without any positive development, the family of Mrs. Odupitan has urged the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, to intervene in the matter to save the life of an innocent Nigerian.