Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PACAC), on Thursday, said Imohimi Edgal, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, is a highly professional and dedicated officer who does not deserve the attacks on him by some sympathisers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos.

Sagay particularly made reference to an article written by Segun Ayobolu, a columnist with The Nation Newspaper, saying that the write-up was aimed at damaging Edgal’s records and achievements in the police force.

It will be recalled that the Lagos CP had come under attacks following the violence that broke out at the flag-off rally of the APC in Lagos State a fortnight ago in which several people were injured.

But Sagay, in a statement made available to DAILY INDEPENDENT, said a highly professional, disciplined, committed and fine public officer like Edgal should not be submitted to the attacks from the public as expressed by Ayobolu in his Saturday, January 19 2019, article.

The statement reads: “I was very shocked by the extremely savage and vicious attack on our amiable and indefatigable Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal by Mr. Segun Ayobolu in his column in the Nation Newspaper of January 19, 2019. Fine public officers of the quality and caliber of Mr. Edgal, should not be subjected to the type of abuse and excoriation, I have just referred to.

“I was terribly shocked by the content of Segun Ayobolu’s column on Saturday 19 January in which he engaged in a cruel, savage and vitriolic attack against our indefatigable, committed, highly motivated Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal. That publication was a determined effort at damaging the Commissioner’s record and achievements.

“The conspiracy theory about the incident at the APC flag off campaign is unworthy of Segun. He elevated a motor park type gossip into a plausible explanation for the unfortunate incident on the campaign grounds, which could occur at any time in our volatile environment, regardless of who was in charge.

“It is evil to suggest that a trained and highly professional officer like Mr. Edgal could look the other way in the midst of the abrupt and impromptu hooliganism that occurred at the campaign grounds.”

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