The Association of Kwara Online Media Practitioners (ASKOMP) has berated Kwara state Commissioner of Police, CP Paul Odama over his bias posture in alleged defamation case involving Abdulrasheed Akogun and Dare Akogun.
ASKOMP in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Shola Salihu Taofeek and Secretary, Oyewale Oyelola described the attempt by Commissioner of Police for Kwara State, Mr Paul Odama to force the duo to write apology to petition written by Chief Press Secretary to Kwara State, Rafiu Ajakaye.
The Association noted that defamation case like other cases has process of prosecuting and it must follow thoroughly without undue influence from Kwara State Government led Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
ASKOMP states that the Akoguns are ready for formal prosecution as against shabby tactics of CP Odama to extract apology letter from the duo, forcefully.
“It is disheartening that the Police, who are supposed to maintain neutrality and demonstrate professionalism is already taking side before commencement of the case. The association members in solidarity with Abdulrasheed Akogun and Dare Akogun witnessed the charade and drama at the Police Headquarters in Ilorin on Wednesday.”
ASKOMP therefore calls for immediate release of the duo to allow formal investigation and prosecution of baseless case by Rafiu Ajakaye.
The group also called the Inspector General of Police to redeploy CP Odama for incompetence, prejudice, and insensitivity as we approach the 2023 general elections.