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Police quiz Aregbesola’s lawyer over forged Police report

By Kingsley Omonobi
ABUJA — LEAD counsel to the Action Congress governorship candidate in the April 2007 election in Osun State, Chief Kola Awodein (SAN), was yesterday quizzed for over eight hours by the Special Investigation team set up by Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro to unravel those behind the forged Police report that was tendered at the Court of Appeal by the AC candidate, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola.

Sources told Vanguard that Awodein who was accompanied by Chief Akin Olujimi, former Attorney-General of the Federation who stood as counsel to Chief Awodein arrived the Police headquarters at about 9am yesterday and they were still with the police as at the time of going to press.

Chief Olujimi’s presence it was further gathered, followed fears by Engr. Aregbeola’s camp to the fact that the lead counsel may be detained over the matter as a result of the suspected dilly-dallying allegedly employed by the lawyers over the matter.

It will be recalled that before reporting to the police for investigation yesterday, the Police had invited the Action Congress legal team over the forgery matter but they had one way or the other failed to appear giving excuses which led to the police authorities preparing other means to get them for interrogation.

The Police had planned to swoop on certain persons in both Lagos and Osun states in connection with their refusal to appear before the investigation team.

The investigations followed the Appeal Court judgment which ordered a retrial of the case brought by the AC candidate, Rauf Aregbesola, challenging the decision of the Osun State Elections tribunal to declare Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola winner.

Chief Oyinlola had petitioned President Umaru Yar’Adua over the discovery that the Police report tendered in the case at the Appeal Court which swung the judgment in favour of the AC candidate may have been forged.

Subsequently, the Inspector-General of Police, Mike Okiro himself came out to say the report was actually fake as it did not follow Police standard of similar reports while it was also discovered that the authors of the report were non-existent in Police books.

Having studied the petition of Prince Oyinlola and got a brief on the matter from the Inspector-General to the effect that the Police report was a fake, Mr. President, according to Vanguard sources, on May 26, ordered a police investigation into the origin of the report.

The terms of the memo ordering Okiro to investigate the matter was simple, “Those Responsible for the fake report which was submitted at the Appeal Court should be fished out”.

Investigation into the forgery matter almost hit a brick wall as those invited by the Police to shed light on the matter started playing a hide-and-seek game.


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