Ex-Militant Leader,'Gen Shoot at Sight' Ondo Police Boss At War
One of the prominent militant leaders in the Ondo State axis of the Niger Delta, High Chief Bibopiri Ajube, has dragged an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the state before President Goodluck Jonathan. Ajube, who is also known as General Shoot at Sight, in a petition dated May 24, 2011, to President Jonathan, that was made available to AkanimoReports on-line on Thursday, is alleging that the police boss has been threatening to ''waste'' his life for not doing his bidding.
The petition reads in part, ''i am compelled to bring to your notice the activities of an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Ondo State Command which have not only continued to distract me from playing my roles for a better Niger Delta, but posing serious threats to my life''.
The ex-militant leader who hails from Arogbo-Ijaw in the state claimed that he has been shunning the police chief's pressure on him since last year, to renew acts of insecurity in the riverine areas ''for pecuniary gains''.
''On two occasions, he made outright suggestions on the need to orchestrate crisis in the riverine area in order to make money from the Ondo State Government.
Late last year, he again approached me on the need for me to 'deliver' to him on a monthly basis, the sum of N5.00 million in order for him to provide choice mobile policemen of any number for me.
''My response to that was a simple no, on the ground that I am neither a politician nor a contractor who had such patronage to extend to him or any other person for that matter. At the moment, he has threatened to withdraw my mobile police escorts on ground that I do not deserve such a privilege.
''He has also been summoning police escorts attached to me, demanding money from them and threatening to withdraw them from me because he learnt I have been giving them so much money and benefits whereas his request for 'a car and a house' from me have fallen on deaf ears''.
The repentant militant leader said he had initially considered the police boss' requests as ''mere requests which were personal between us, I deem it very imperative to alert you that those requests were made to lay the foundation of a frosty relationship between us in order to unleash terror on my person''.
''Barely two weeks after'', he went on, ''I gathered from my source that he was planning to use policemen to harass me and if possible, molest me at any police check point in Ondo State. He has withdrawn the police men attached to me for reasons yet unknown to me.
''The reason for this carefully rehearsed action is not far from the fact that I am a target who should be dealt with for undisclosed reasons before the inauguration of Mr. President on May 29, in Abuja.
''Sir, this report to you became very pertinent in view of the fact that any attempt on my life by the police commissioner, will generate and amplify reactions of unimaginable magnitude in the Niger Delta region.
'I have already alerted my fellow colleagues in the struggle for a better Niger Delta to be in the know of this development which i strongly believe, is aimed at distracting the entire nation ahead of your inauguration''.