by Stanley Azuakola
A recent development in Delta State has sorely displeased the members of its House of Assembly. It involves the resurfacing in Delta State of Mr. Dickson Adeyemi, a chief superintendent of police (CSP), after he was arrested (and moved out of the state) for his alleged involvement in kidnapping and other related criminal activities.
The legislators, at a house sitting on Tuesday demanded the re-arrest and prosecution of Adeyemi. The motion for Adeyemi’s re-arrest, which was moved by the House deputy majority leader, Hon. Johnson Erijo, was unanimously adopted. The lawmakers said Adeyemi’s continued presence in the state was not only an embarrassment but also a security threat that would scare away foreign investors and urged the relevant authorities to ensure that the allegations against him were thoroughly investigated.
Before his arrest, Adeyemi was the officer-in-charge of the Delta Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit; promoted to crack down on kidnapping activities in the state. However, kidnappings suddenly increased soon after he took the position. Suspicious of his dealings, a crack team from the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) had in April whisked Adeyemi to Abuja for questioning.
The state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan was fully in support of his arrest. He said at the time that “the head of the Anti-Kidnapping Squad in the state has been arrested with his boys and taken to the CID Headquarters for alleged involvement in kidnapping and criminal related activities. They are greedy people who are common criminals.”
However, Adeyemi was freed and – the lawmakers insist – he has returned to the state, a situation they find unacceptable. Adeyemi was reportedly freed as a result of the influence of his father-in-law, who is a chieftain of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
The lawmakers urged President Goodluck Jonathan to order the inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar, to properly look into the alleged involvement of top police officers in criminal activities in Delta State.
The state’s police public relations officer, Mr. Charles Muka, has however said that he was not aware of Adeyemi’s return to Delta State.