SAN FRANCISCO, June 13, (THEWILL) - Delta State House of Assembly is currently at war with the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Mr.
Mr. Osamwonyi and six members of the squad were last April disarmed, arrested and flown to Abuja on the orders of the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, for allegedly aiding and abetting kidnappers in the state.
Recall that Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan was the one who officially confirmed the arrest of CSP Osamwonyi and 98 persons during a press briefing at the end of State Security Council meeting in Government House Annex, Warri on April 4, 2012. That meeting reviewed the security situation in the state.
Osayande’s role provoked the state legislature, especially the member representing Sapele constituency and Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Monday Igbuya, into exposing some clandestine contract dealings of the PSC boss and his son in the state, amounting to N3.5billion.
Irked by the recent kidnap and release of the Nigeria and Udinese midfielder, Christian Obodo in Delta state, Mr. Johnson Erijo, Deputy Majority Leader and member representing Isoko South constituency 1, moved a motion on the floor of the House yesterday urging the House to condemn in its entirety the actions of Mr. Osayande in the return of the indicted CSP Osamwonyi to Delta.
Speaking in support of the motion, Mr. Igbuya queried the interest of Osayande in the matter, accusing PSC chief of suspected clandestine dealings with Osamwonyi.
Visibly angry, the Majority Leader specifically accused Mr. Osayande of paying back the state in its own coins because Delta denied his (Osayande’s) son of a N3.5 billion security gadget contract.
Other members of the House who spoke in support of the motion expressed worries and fears over the release of the indicted police officer, and called for his immediate re-arrest, stating that he was “inexplicably released” following the alleged intervention of Osayande.
The lawmakers also alleged that Osayande is an in-law to the accused former Anti-Kidnapping squad head, and that he may have used his position as the PSC chairman to influence Osamwonyi’s release and subsequent redeployment to the state.
The lawmakers described Osamwonyi’s continued presence in the state as a security threat that would scare away foreign investors.
The motion, which was unanimously adopted, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Inspector General Police to re-open the investigation into the alleged involvement of the police officers, particularly Osamwonyi, in the cases of kidnapping in the state, adding that his release has in the past few weeks seen an increase in kidnappings in the state.