The Fall of Eleweomo And The Arrest Of Senator Teslim Folarin - Not All Animals Are Equal

By Dr. Adebisi Adewole

No doubt, Ibadan occupies an indelible position in the politics of the old Westen region as it has in the current Oyo state. A city that splashes rust and gold, was the seat of government of the old Western Region and is currently the capital of Oyo State, Nigeria. Ironically Ibadan city remains the epitome of the imbroglio of old WILD WILD WEST of the 1960s that ultimately closed down the first republic. 

Thursday 30 December 2010, Ibadan city played host to Oyo State peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congress election, which once again ended with a baptism of  blood, resulting in the killing of a rival gang leader Lateef Salako (a.k.a.Eleweomo) and the arrest of the Senate Leader Teslim Folarin, who has been linked to the shooting that terminated Eleweomo life.

It is well known that the two rival gangs involved are under the sponsorship of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In the beginning Abdul-lateef Akinsola Oloruntoki (a.k.a Tokyo) and his deceased rival Abdul-Lateef Salako (a.k.a Eleweomo) were best of friends and both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ibadan, Oyo State during the reign of the late Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu, the Ibadan Kigpin of thugs and PDP generalisimo. These two wild men (Tokyo and Eleweomo), under the tutelage of Late Adedibu, the head-thug of Ibadan college of hooliganism, jointly reigned terror on the people of Ibadan city without any regard for human life. Together they had killed, maimed and committed arson indiscriminately in the past in Oyo state without them being checked or charged for any serious crimes. They with the backing of their godfathers had been living above the law. Late Adedibu’s Command was effectively the Head of the military wing of PDP in Oyo state and throughout the length and breath of Nigeria in his days. After the demise of head-thug Adedibu, Tokyo and Eleweomo path ways with their followers and begun to work with new godfathers in their struggle for succession, leadership and power. Two clear factions emerged – Senate Leader Teslim Folarin/Former Governor Ladoja and Tokyo grouped to one side; whilst current Governor Alao Akala and Eleweomo grouped to the other. There had been indescriminate act of lawlessness between these two gang rivals for some time, but the trouble peaked at the recent Oyo State PDP congress when Eleweomo was murdered in cold blood.

  When two animals fight in the jungle and one overpowers and kills the other, you tend to wonder who the judge to hear the jungle case would be. Your guess is as good as mine.

In a more civilised democratic society where the provisions of the laws of the land are well understood and very well respected, such act of arson and murder at a political congress will not happen in the first instance. Where it does, either by accident or by deliberate act, it would be taken as a very grievous criminal offence and public disturbances of the highest disorder. In such society, the perpetrators will not escape the claws of the law; but in Nigeria, the complete opposite is always the case. Nigeria is a land where anything and everything happens without any fear of been held accountable. It is a country where our lawmakers are those who are in the forefront of breaking the laws, regardless of the consequances on the society. It is in Nigeria where the agencies that are meant to uphold and implement our laws are those going mad and letting their madness loose and visiting their insanity on the people they were employed to protect. If it is not the ill-trained, poorly-equipped police today, it would be the naval mad dogs tomorrow or the ruthless army of unknown soldiers the next day. It is an appaling state of sadness where some people are criminally privileged to live above the law and torment other people. Nigeria, in this day and age, is a country where the ordinary people, lawfully going about their daily lives, have to live in constant fear of insecurity everyday from the hands of the established authorities on one hand and that of the motor park thugs governed by the likes of Tokyo and Eleweomo on the other hand.

 It is really very disheartning to see the ruling PDP and its leaders both at the state and national levels behave in total disregard for the laws of the land. It is even much more distressing to note that the Oyo State Police Command, who is being accused of colaborating with Akala/Eleweomo faction in the build up to the dastardly occurrence, is the body that is carrying out the arrest and prosecution of members of the opposing faction. This is what you get in Nigeria. In any event, it is the view that had the State Commissioner of Police Mr Bolanta acted appropriately, responsibly and promptly, the arson and killing that occurred could have been averted. Clearly the Commissioner of Police cannot claim to be ignorant of the historic acts of hooliganism, arson and killing that usually accompany political party congresses in the past in Oyo state. Why then did he fail to provide adequate security to lives and properties on this ocassion? Why did he fail to act on time? And how did allow his command to be acused of complicity? With these and many other questions raised, is it then appropriate that he be the prosecutor in this event?

Clearly the situation in Ibadan is beyound the State government and the State Police Command. It requires the Federal might. A Federal independent enquiry, where Senator Folarin and, Governor Akala and their group as well as the State Police Commissioner Bolanta must all be witnesses in the box is the way forward in order to get to the root of the situation. The question is, will this happen? The answer is NO. Not with the PDP government in power in Oyo State and in Nigeria. If the perpetrators of previous murders of former Oyo State Governor and Federal Minster late Bola Ige and Former veteran journalist Dele Giwa, just to mention two, are still walking free in Nigeria, why then must we believe that the killers of a common thug in a political fracas would be brought to justice. It is a very sorry situation that in Nigeria there is no iota of respect for our laws, and that the people in the fore front of law breaking are our law makers themselves. Not all animals are equal after all. Very gravely sad indeed.   

God bless you, and God bless Nigeria

 Dr Adebisi Adewole MA, MBA, PhD
 

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@Udam Ochiaghandigbo

I'm sorry if you were offended by my little jibe or mick. I was just taking a pun at our respected 'Dr', who, btw, I do not know. He also forgot to add his other titles (G2, 'O' Levels, 'A'Levels, OND, BA +) and also ALH, IMAM, REV, PT (for Pastor), e.t.c. The 'effect' is not complete without them.

But then, I simply asked a question whether anyone has ever heard of Barr Tony Blair, Barr Barrack Obama, or Barrs Bill or Hilary Clinton and Engr Bill Gates. Heard that Architects and Accountants also have their own,(Arc+++) & (Act...). Only in Nigeria are we so fixated by such irrelevancies.

I think my point was, is it necessary to state all this on a forum like this? It is not an interview, is it? Titles do not make for beautiful or intelligent writing, is my point. For someone who lives and teaches in the UK he (Dr) should know better than 'brandish' such qualifications about. He can still earn my respect irrespective of whatever title or appellations he chooses to add before or after his names or not add.

It reminds of some Nigerians I come across, who, when introducing themselves, add either Mr or Dr, or some other appellation before their names. I once asked a fully grown man if Mr was part of his name, as I could see he was not a woman and therefore, a Mr. Except or unless he was trying to distinguish himself from a Transvestite. And interestingly, only Nigerians do this. As soon as someone goes 'My name is Mr...', I simply smile and write their names without the titles.

Aside the above digression, my main point was, I hope the Police have very good evidence for arresting the Senator beyond mere conjecturing and innuendos. I hope there is direct correlation or evidence (beyond mere circumstantial) that fingers or points at the senator?

From me
('O'Level, 'A' Level, UNY, LL.B, B.L, LL.M, City&Guilds, NVQ, NEBS, ALH, IMAM, PT, GSM (NOKIA, N900, IPHONE, IPAD), UK, LIVE IN LONDON, e.t.c) You dig my titles?

The foolio that wrote this

The foolio that wrote this article holds a Ph.D? Unbelievable. see grammatical errors left and right and this moron still felt good publishing his yeye qualifications. This is the second time in as many weeks that another low-life has claimed to possess a Ph.D when they can't construct primary 2 sentences. A simple spell check on MS word would probably have saved your ass from this embarrassment you are causing yourself on an online thread. Ode oshi. SR should put their editors to work abeg and save us all from these Rambos just tabon-ing anyhow

Politics in Nigeria

Do these idiots know what it takes to get a PhD? Go and try to earn one.
Politicians are to blame for these problems. In Nigeria, one cannot make a comfortable living outside government, therefore politics and position in government is a do or die situation. The private sector should be strengthened so that losing politicians can have a second life.

ELEWEOMO, FOLARIN, and CP BOLANTA

All three are connected with Mr. Eleweomo's death. Mr. Folarin, according to him called the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bolanta several times to inform him of the impending danger, but Mr. Bolanta refused to heed to Mr. Folarin's many requests for police to maintain peace. Instead, Mr. Bolanta claimed that he "is not aware" of the concerns that Mr. Folarin was expressing.

Consequently, Mr. Folarin's security shot Mr. Eleweomo. In a civilized country, Mr. Bolanta should have been arrested for dereliction of duty. Then, of course, this is Nigeria, a country where anything goes!

@ OC

What's up with you? Dr. Adewole has the absolute right to use the acronym Ph.D. or whatever title he choses provided he earned the diploma. You can use yours too if you wish and stop bullying the respected doc.

LIES. LIES. ALL LIES....................

Every human being, no matter their status, has an inalienable right to life.
Yes Eleweomo was a thug. But so are almost all of these people who call themselves politicians. These thugs that wield the power of life and death over us on our behalf.
At least Eleweomo, Tokyo and their like make no pretensions. They advertise themselves, and are known, as thugs.
Teslim Folarin's story is not believable.
He did nothing. He was peaceful. He went away when he was told there was violence. He only heard. His supporters too were killed. He did not go to the venue etc, etc...........
It may well be that he was not the one who shot/stabbed Eleweomo. But has anyone asked why he went to a party primaries with such a large contigent of policemen?. Does his status as a senator entitle him to invade such an occasion in such a manner?
A supposed representative of the people is afraid. Of what, who? And why?.
Clearly power, and the desperation for it, makes man mad. Man loses all sense of perspective. Of reality. He feels invincible. Indestructible. Immortal. He goes mad.
In that wise, Folarin and Akala are the same. They are both murderers. It is just that one murderer has out-manouvered, and trapped, the other.
What is happening is what is known as "abamo". Having exercised his "power" with a corpse as the result he is now in a quandary.
His greatest misfortune is that he surrounded himself with policemen over who he really had no control. If he had armed himself with the regular thugs he might be able to lie and bluff his way out of this.
This was not the usual stealthy killing. It was an execution; a very public one. The incident happened in broad daylight. This, in the presence of the most dangerous and duplicitous witnesses-policemen. His own policemen.
How is it that he is now telling us that he called the police several times with no response?. He cannot get away with such a story. He will now understand that policemen are expert at such stories. Or how have the police been able to survive the multitude cases of extra-judicial killings over the years?
The more he bandies such excuses and allegations, the more ammunition he provides Bolanta. Folarin may invoke all Ibadan elite to make as much noise as they can. But that will be a waste of time.
This is not an Omisore/Bola Ige matter.
The man should prepare his own defence. This is not a political campaign. He should be told he is fighting for his life now.
Even a dog's life is worth something.
No life is worth more than the other. The beggar/thug has as much a right to life as the prince.
Eleweomo, even though he was despicable, was not allowed to fight for his.

Man-Spy

@OC, let me explain why he prefers to add his qualifications. I don't know him personally but he is a BEN TV political commentator and a lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

In the UK, if you are not a medical doctor then you are not expected to call yourself a doctor. He does that to explain which kind of doctor he is and most of all, he does it to distinguish himself from HONORARY doctorate degree holders on TV.

Every TV programme he appears on, he makes sure that he is distinguished. When I read his CV, I discovered that he went through the Polytechnic in Nigeria -to- University before coming to study in the UK.

The man really spent hard times educating himself. Most people would have stopped with a diploma in Mass Communication but he refused to. I think I like Dr Adewole...

Dr Adebisi Adewole (MA, MBA PhD?)

I wonder what it is with Nigerians and titles (MA, MBA, PhD). Ever heard of Barr Tony Blair or Barr Bill Clinton or IT Engr Bill Gates? Or, ever heard of any foreigner referred to as ALHAJI, simply because they undertook the HAJJ pilgrimage? Only in Nigeria!

My only contribution, which is a question is, what evidence did the Police have before ARRESTING and charging the Senate Leader Folarin to court?

The Way Forward

O'Kanmi I agree with your analysis.Dr. Adewole did his best in writing the piece. All lovers of Nigeria and Oyo State in particular should think of the way forward. The fact that we are discussing Eleweomo shows thuggery pays in our land.
Let the Akalas, Ladojas, folarins witchhunt themselves, jail themselves if possible kill themselves,until then we will not grow.
A state with a bleaching,blingbling governor. What do we expect?t

The Way Forward

O'Kanmi I agree with your analysis.Dr. Adewole did his best in writing the piece. All lovers of Nigeria and Oyo State in particular should think of the way forward. The fact that we are discussing Eleweomo shows thuggery pays in our land.
Let the Akalas, Ladojas, folarins witchhunt themselves, jail themselves if possible kill themselves,until then we will not grow.
A state with a bleaching,blingbling governor. What do we expect?

In support

Dear write am fully in support of your message who ever leave by sword will surely be taken by that.it is not a doubt what happen to Elewe omo is a compensation of what he has done.

Eleweomo reaps the fruit of

Eleweomo reaps the fruit of his labour, for there is no other way to be compensated than this because many have gone under his sword.

Re: I don't understand

@mr Thinking joe, do u seem to have a problem with pple with PhD? i dont seem to understand or able to corelate the issue at hand in ibadan as well explained by dr adewole and PhD being yr foot! being a citizen of that state i expect u to make constructive criticisms of pressing issues that will positively impact on your state, rather than wasting every1's precious airtime with thrash.
as for eleweomo, too bad it ended that way, but the bible as previously stated that users of swords usually die by it, Law of KARMA. Similar fate awaits the likes of Akala aka éledé et all. We are by the sideline watching!!! Ride on OYO

Dr. Adewole your closing

Dr. Adewole your closing remarks have rather frighti=ened me, a Nigerian's life is important no matter how we percieve to be or who he is. That said, the whole issue borders on the partisanship of the Police Command in the politics of Nigeria. From reports, the late Eleweomo was killed ny police escorts on the orders of the Senate leader.
This raises two issues that we ahve so far failed to look at.
1. This issue of "CONVOYS" from the VIP to the SPICIE movement, tyhe whole concept borders on impounity from the way the convoy conducts itself. They have regard for the Laws of the land and Traffic. Yes, granted, mr. President, the Governors and their Deputies have constituitional immnuiniy, does that pass on to their drivers? Afterall, as accidents have proved several times, they are NOT immune as such.
2. What manner of Plice officers do we ahve that will "obey" an order to commit a crime - henious as it were- merely on the orders of OGA?! Where is the enforcement DUTY imposed on the Police? Must every amnner of VIP have a onvoy with a squadron of ARMED policemen in tow? That to me is a clear indictment of the ENTIRE police as failure to enforce the law and the Government as failure to Maintain LAW and ORDER!
If at the end of the day, the Attorney general can secure a conviction for this murder, Nigeria will definitely be better off. We do not need reckless and ruthless leaders as thinbgs stand, NO, we need people who understand the BASIC need of Nigerians, no more no less.

ELEWEOMO

May Allah forgive him his sins. But what is very clear is that he who lives by the sword will surely die by the sword.

Death of Eleweomo

Thanks for your write-up,Dr Adebisi. The write-up looks modest, but the writer was being clever by half. From his write-up, you could not fail to understand where his sympathy belongs. I vehemently disagreed with you on the historical tracing and emergence of Tokyo and Eleweomo on the thuggery scene in Ibadan. In fact, so much of the story stood history on their heads and I could actually smelled infantility in the write-up. Just to clear the historical mess, the Tokyo group was actually in vogue during the dour and colourless reign of Ladoja before he was actually sent packing by the evil collaboration of Adedibu and erstwhile deputy governor, Alao-Akala. However, since Tokyo was still in the books of Ladoja and by this time he had moved to the national level as the vice-chairman, Adedibu and Akala had no choice than to prop Eleweomo, then, the window dressing head of the motor park thugs, as the arrow head to stabilise the satanic government of Akala. Eleweomo too, now saw the opportunity as a means to stabilise himself as the thug kingpin of the government of the day. This is the real genesis of Eleweomo and Tokyo struggles.
However, for the mere fact that Eleweomo was a thug does not give anybody the right to take his life. Any punishment deserved by this thug should have been left for the law to take its due course. Folarin, in spite of being a senator and therefore,influential by now, or anyone whatsoever, does not have the right to take another person's life.
I did not and would never shed any tear for the brutal way Eleweomo was anihiliated. You can call that callous, but the bible makes it explicitly clear that whoever lives by the sword would die by it. Even, the law of nature supports that. These are people who had caused sorrow in many households and had taken away many breadwinners untimely. I am so sure the day of reckoning would come from everyone of them however, remotely or otherwise they were connected in shedding people's blood. Therefore, the Akalas, Tokyos, Ladojas, Folarins, Auxilliarys and others of that clime should also await their violent deaths no matter how long it takes to come. It is not a curse, it is the judgement of nature. I rest my case.

I don't really understand

I don't really understand what you mean by cold-blooded murder when rival gangs met and left casualties behind, how could that be cold-blooded murder? Eleweomo was a political thug who met his end in a gang war! Period! PhD my foot.