By Kola Animashaun
Let me apologise for my action, last Sunday, because I went to the inauguration of Is’haq Abiola Ajimobi, brand new governor of Oyo State. You see, I couldn’t split myself in three places, like Akande, Aregbesola, Fayemi did. They went to Ibadan and Abeokuta at one and the same time.
Is’haq Abiola Ajimobi is my in-law and my wife’s first cousin and so I was turned between death and the in-law. If I turned to the in-law, death may be displeased; I will never turn to death even if it will claim my last breath.
I should have gone to Abeokuta but I did not and the Egba will understand. Abeokuta is my maternal father – by my grandmother’s and my mother’s place. It was a place I spent my youth and the place I met and married my wife. She went to Abeokuta from Ibadan. Among many titles: I am the Baba Adini of Gbagura Community – a high title.
Naturally, I should be in Lagos. I am a Lagosian even if we came from any other place years, years, years ago. My great grand-father, Amodu, came to Lagos and settled in 4, Ricca Street, Oke-Popo and farmed in Akiode Village, which his sons, Bakare and Usman Akintunde (my grandfather) inherited till today.
So, I went to Ibadan. I rode with Senator Abiola Ajimobi from his home to the Liberty Stadium, I forget – now Obafemi Awolowo Stadium. His first duty was to try to get to the stadium. It was impossible and he got down and walked to the venue – a reasonable distance. It showed the seriousness of the occasion. Of course, the First Lady, Florence and his children had to follow him. He led by example.
Of course, the stadium erupted in thunderous ecstasy. It was an approval of the first gubernatorial action that everybody must do his duty. Almost all the ACN chieftains were there. There was Bisi Akande, chairman of the party; Lam Adesina, ex-governor of Oyo and his wife; the Oranmiyan himself, Aregbesola, was there. So was Fayemi, the governor of Ekiti. The Iku Baba Yeye, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi was in His Majesty and so was the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi and, of course, there were many, as they say; too numerous to mention.
Governor ‘Biola Ajimobi was elated and you have to see how he was genuflecting round the stadium in greetings. You could not say he was over 60 for the power he displayed.
Ajimobi made promises; some of them patently ACN and others peculiarly his. May his tenure be peaceful and prosperous (Amen).
I missed my friend Aremo Osoba, the Akirogun of Egba. That day was one not only God appointed, it was the due day. It was the day Almighty paid Osoba in full. He took him back for the wilder of eight years; Allah restored him to the headship of ACN in Ogun State.
Osoba and the pack from Akande, Tinubu, Aregbesola, Fayemi were in Abeokuta to do Amosun proud. Abeokuta was a place to be except that I did not. And, I missed Amosun and my friends.
Murder not bailable, what of others?
Superintendent of Police, Mr. Victor Afamefuna was to be arrested in Enugu. When he could not be found, the police arrested Hannah Markson, a police corporal, and her brother. Hannah was arrested just because she was residing with him.
Hannah’s younger brother accompanied her to the station, he was also arrested and the Toyota car he drove was confiscated. That made it two people.
Mrs Ekaette came from Eket, Akwa Ibom State to secure the release of Hannah and her brother. She was also detained. That makes it three people. And, there were other relations, which makes it six.
Why should people be detained when it has not been a charge of murder preferred against them? Why should they be detained for over 48 hours?
What was the nature of offence that will warrant the detention of innocent people who have not committed crime? Or the police do have standards for police and civilians?
Of course, the presiding judge, Justice B. B. Aliyu,has ordered the release of the applicants on bail pending arraignment. But they were yet to be released.
So, the applicants have sued the IG of Police, the Force Secretary and the Enugu State Commissioner of Police for allegedly detaining Corporal Hannah Markson.
So, it is one rule for one and another rule for the others!