By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Commander of the Ogun State So Safe Corps, Soji Ganzalo, has disassociated his men from the murder of a 400-level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ijebu Igbo, area of Ogun State.
It would be recalled that the suspects in the murder were paraded on Wednesday at the State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta and on Thursday a vigilance group alleged that they are men of the So Safe Corps.
Ganzalo, while addressing a press conference held at the So Safe Corps Secretariat, described the murder as a dastardly act, insisting that his men can never be part of the evil act.
The So Safe Corps boss said extra- judicial killing is not part of the duty of the Corps.
His words: “Our attention has just been drawn to the incident at Ijebu Igbo where a 400 level student of OOU (Olabisi Onabanjo University) was allegedly murdered by some vigilante group called ‘Yaluwon’ and we have been hearing from some certain set of the media that the So Safe Corps officers were involved.
“I want to state here authoritatively that none of the three members of that vigilante group that were arrested happen to be an officer of the So safe Corps,” he said.
“This is an issue that happened to involve the Police. The CP addressed the press conference parading the suspects. The CP never mentioned the so safe corps.
“The PPRO Ogun State command never mentioned the name of the So Safe Corps. I wonder why the VGN commander must now come out authoritatively and state that the three that were arrested are members of the So Safe Corps. I believe it’s an issue we can take up with the law and we may likely sue for Libel in this case”.
While commending the relationship between the So Safe Corps and the Police, Ganzalo said that their relationship is very cordial.
“Our relationship is very cordial. You can see that whatever we do, there is no operation that will embark upon that we will not involve the Police and even suspects that are arrested are being transferred to the Police for further investigation and likely prosecution.
“That has been the way we have been handling issues here and security meetings even with the Governor. I attend meetings as one of the security chiefs in Ogun State.
“We are working with the government so it is not possible for any of my officers that are being trained by the Ogun State government and being trained by the Police command to handle an issue the way it has been handled by these local vigilantes.
“So we don’t know anything and we actually want to disassociate ourselves from such act. The good citizens of Ogun State know the way the So Safe Corps work. They know the way we have been assisting all the communities.
He added, “we we are appointed to save, we can’t work against them and start killing them. Extra judicial killing is not part of our own duty in the So Safe Corps”.
While debunking any rancour with the Vigilance group, Ganzallo said ” We, in the So Safe Corps don’t have any rancour with any organisation but the VGN commander, Nurudeen addressed a press conference and alleged that the three officers involved happens to be officers from the so safe corps.
Meanwhile, the State Commander also enjoins the people to report any suspicious activities in their communities.
“They should not hesitate to alert us immediately and we are ready to respond to their request at any time,” he said.