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TUNDE OLADUNJOYE, A TRAGIC CHARACTER

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By Otunba Gbenga Daniel CON

On page 239 of my Memoirs, *Daniel in the Lion’s Den, I described vividly, one of the many tragic characters I ran into in the course of my tenure as Governor of Ogun State. Mr Tunde Oladunjoye was one such character.

A few years ago, around 2004, a friend of our administration introduced Oladunjoye to me as one of the young, up and coming, politicians being suppressed in his home constituency by older political leaders.  Given my disposition to encourage and empower young and energetic Nigerians in whatever productive engagements they pursue, I singled him out for favour, positioned him in the leadership structure of his Ijebu-East Local Government Area, and in due course, facilitated his emergence as the Chairman of the Local Government.

This fellow, who turned out to be an agent provocateur, was removed from office after the Ijebu-Ife mayhem of Dec 2009 during which a Police Commissioner, Mr Oladokun Omolodun, was murdered.

Immediately after his removal from office, based on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry constituted to probe the Ijebu-Ife disorder, he worked, briefly, for Prince Buruji Kashamu. Before long, Prince Kashamu discovered the reprehensible character that Oladunjoye was and sacked him.

Subsequently, the fellow found his way to Baba OBJ whom he “worked” for before his current pre-occupation of “working” for Governor Ibikunle Amosun. This fellow, in essence and disposition, reminds me of the tragic-comic character, named Servilius Casca, in the “Tragedy of Julius Caesar”, the epic drama written by Williams Shakespeare.



In recommending Tunde Oladunjoye for  removal as Chairman of Ijebu East LG Council, the Hon Justice Olukayode Somolu (rtd) Panel, which looked into the Ijebu-Ife mayhem while Oladunjoye was in office, stated inter alia: “..The Chairman, Ijebu East LGC, ….where the mayhem occurred, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye, has shown himself to be a very bad example of an elected public official. His conducts were not only appalling but morally reprehensible. Right from 1st Dec 2009, when the crisis erupted, resulting in such magnitude of loss of lives and property, he has not demonstrated an atom of human feeling for the constituents he was elected to serve….To say the least, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye is NOT A SUITABLE PERSON to hold any public office. We accordingly recommend that he be suspended from office forthwith…in addition, we hereby recommend the immediate arrest and investigation of Mr Tunde Oladunjoye by the Police….”.

Since the recommended removal, there was no evil under the sun that Oladunjoye had not planned and attempted to execute against my person and members of my family. Unobtrusively and without prompting, we expected the Police to do their work. Now, the question is: who are Oladunjoye’s godfathers that have prevented the Police from doing their work, even after he was found culpable in the dastardly murder of a Police Commissioner? Is there any nexus between him and those behind my current travails with the EFCC?

OLADUNJOYE AS EFCC PROSECUTION WITNESS

By the way, Oladunjoye was listed as Prosecution Witness No 4 in the ongoing EFCC case, having written several baseless and malicious petitions against me, alleging that I misappropriated Billions of Naira of Local Government funds, the basis of which I was initially arrested.  The EFCC must have become wiser, as ALL the charges based on Oladunjoye’s libelous petitions have since been withdrawn.

OLADUNJOYE AS A CONVICT:

In committing him to Prison for contempt of Court, Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in his ruling of July 4, 2012, ordered the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone Two, to execute his Order by remanding Tunde Oladunjoye and 2 others in prison custody for 6 months for criminal contempt. To date, the said Oladunjoye is a fugitive from the law.

Extracted from: Daniel in the Lion’s Den

 

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