Former Member of Ogun State Government, Wale Adedayo, Provides Insight Into the Political Killing Industry in Nigeria

Wale Adedayo
By SaharaReporters, New York

Unusual insight into political killings in Nigeria was provided to the Ogun State Truth Commission today by Mr. Wale Adedayo, a former Chief Press Secretary to Chief Gbenga Daniel, in an account in which he suggested that the 2006 assassination of Lagos governorship candidate, Engr. Funso Williams, was done by outsiders. 

“From the little work we did along with the former Ogun State governor, it was clear as the noon day sun that elements sent by persons outside the Lagos State PDP were responsible for it,” he said. 
Mr. Adedayo spoke about intricacies in the use of violence that involves top government officials and complicit security agencies, saying that government often contracts out [killing] jobs ‘in the larger public interest.’

He told the panel, “A person could be chalked down under the table if those at the highest level of government feel his/her continued life could constitute a greater danger to general public good. We had a situation like that during the first term of Daniel. It was a very difficult decision, but it was taken and carried out nevertheless as it also involved a move to pacify the police.”  It was not immediately clear what person or persons were thus eliminated in “in the public interest,” and to make the police happy. 

Mr. Adedayo described violence as the “choice weapon of persuasion for political leaders who either cannot tolerate dissent or do not have the right facts to persuade the electorate to follow their side of the political divide.”  He noted further that violence is almost standard practice” in most young democracies all over the world, including Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Of the Commission’s task, to uncover the identities of persons or groups behind the series of orchestrated violence that took place in Ogun State between 2003 and 29, May 2011 and recommend appropriate sanctions, he bluntly told the commission it would not succeed.  “Personally, but with due respect, I do not believe you can achieve this,” he said.

Adedayo characterized Nigeria as “a young democracy where might is right, Big Men reign supreme and impunity by the ‘connected’ is the way of life instead of the due process of the law.”

He also described corruption as a way of life in which those who operate outside it are regarded as lunatics or frustrated persons.  Corruption, he said, has “made a mess” of the lives of key institutions of democracy, and weakened those important pillars to such an extent that the polity is only a shade different from what obtained under a military dispensation.

Adedayo said he wrote “Micro-seconds away from death,” to record “what happened to me” on the night of 10 January 2009 in Ilishan, Remo, Ogun State, the night in which he killed three gunmen.  It is because of that book that the commission summoned him to appear before it.

He provided an engaging account of the way that violence works in the twilight zone between purveyors of violence and the security agencies, even as he praised some members of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) a few months before the incident happened, and shortly after the attack, “in particular the support offered in my ‘private investigation’ to uncover the identities of the three gunmen I killed that night in Ilishan.”

Despite that, Mr. Adedayo pointed out that law enforcement agents hardly prosecute cases involving political violence in Nigeria, especially when the culprits are supporters of a ruling party.  “An opposition party going out to campaign will have itself to blame if it does not prepare adequately to counter the forces of the other side during a campaign or other such outside engagements that have to do with politics,” he said.

Describing two kinds of violence, he provided a chilling account of the first, “For instance, boys in the entourage of Alliance for Democracy (AD) gubernatorial candidate and Africa Today’s magazine Publisher, Mr. Kayode Soyinka, killed a young resident of Ogere, Ikenne Local Government, Mr. Segun Adekoya, towards the 2007 elections; a supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ilugun area of Abeokuta North Local Government, Mr. Muyideen Oke, was killed by boys belonging to Senator Ibikunle Amosun’s then All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP); five supporters of Amosun’s ANPP were also butchered by boys belonging to the PDP in the Car Wash area of Adatan, Abeokuta towards the 2007 elections. If you ask the man who regularly administered ritual oaths to those who the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, wants to get to his side, Apena Akeem in Ososa, Odogbolu Local Government, he’ll tell you that elements in the employ of Amosun’s ANPP ransacked his house and surrounding buildings towards the 2007 elections. As Director of Organisation, PDP Ogun State, at the time, it took me about 30 minutes instead of the normal two minutes rapid response time before we could get our boys from Ijebu Ode to counter the attack because of the scale of attack by the rampaging ANPP boys. Unfortunately, the ANPP boys were already in Omu, where they vandalized the campaign secretariat of Hon. Remmy Hassan before our boys chased them back towards the Shagamu/Benin Expressway. Of course, being the party in power with loads of patronage at its disposal, the PDP almost always had the upper hand in many of these encounters.”

Of the second category, he described a subterranean violence machinery he called a “special breed, with a number of them sometimes belonging to the country’s security services,” which may explain why political assassinations have remained unsolvable.

“These elements, where needed, are necessary for pre-emptive strike or revenge against real and perceived political enemies – and, this too, is not limited to Ogun State or a particular political party,” he told members of the Commission.  “But unless you see them in action, or one is privileged to be an associate of those involved, it is hardly possible to identify these actors or the political party/individual they work for.”

Mr. Adedayo, who twice in his statement told the Commission it would not succeed in its assignment, seemed determined to maintain his extensive knowledge of the network of political killers and killing machines in and around the state.  “Whether in camera or publicly here, I will not disclose the identities of those I know besides what I’ve already given to the police through the Force CID, Abuja in March/April 2009,” he said. 

He pleaded with the panel to keep confidential his previous statements it may obtain.  “You’ll find some names, phone numbers and details that can assist you to some extent. My level of involvement was such that apart from Daniel, others are out there who you cannot protect me from. My firm word to them is that beyond information such as what I have given thus far, in my book and also to the police, I will not squeal on them.”

He advised the panel to begin its enquiries from the SSS in Abeokuta before involving the police, saying there was nothing that took place in Ogun, including details of the personalities involved, that the SSS does not have.

Adedayo then provided the final rider: “Since virtually all decisions about our law enforcement agencies have to be taken at a political level, it is clear where the work of this Commission is headed,” he said.

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He provided an engaging

He provided an engaging account of the way that violence works in the twilight zone between purveyors of violence and the security agencies, even as he praised some members of the State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) a few months before the incident happened, and shortly after the attack, “in particular the support offered in my ‘private investigation’ to uncover the identities of the three gunmen I killed that night in Ilishan.”

Vintage Banjo

When Daniel was in power, Ogbeni Lanre Banjo kept talking about the danger in Ogun State. In an OGTV interview of Ogbeni Lanre Banjo, watched on You tube, Adedayo defended his former boss and asked Ogbeni Banjo to provide evidence. That day too, Only God saved Ogbeni Banjo. This much was said in his CD titled "Idera De" Now, people of Ogun State should thank God that Ogbeni Banjo is still living today despite several attempts on his life from 2007-2011. Today, after Adedayo became a victim of the same attempts he denounced Banjo for, he is crying loud. What a Country!

Qiute Unfortunate

Criminals,criminals.Anyone who is interested in the polity knows that almost all in power, appointed, annointed,chosen,selected,or elected are party to evil.They are corrupt morally, spiritually,intellectually and physically, yet they come out in the public with confidence.The future is in our hands.Not until we stand for our right,we will always be sorry for ourselves.This guy ought to be helping genuine security forces rather than speaking without remorse.

This is the country which we

This is the country which we find ourselves in. And this is happening everyday in Nigeria. God will help us. If you are Christians, you will must have read of how God delivered the children of Israel, as per the type of wars He fought for them e.g like God throwing hailstones on the enemies of ISRAEL during Joshuas time, that is the type of miracle we need from God to destroy these our leaders and their agents. He has to send plagues and hailstones to destroy them if not it will continue like this.

wat a revelation!

God save us.
Wen will Nija political field be suitable for Godly pple?

OGUN COMMISSION..

HIS FULL NAMES ARE WALE ADEBAYO A.K.A SGT.BARNABAS ROGERS-GBOLAHAN-ZAKARI BIU-KABIRU SOKOTO.
HE IS POLITELY CONFESSING HIS SINS.

Wale Adedayo - Another OverPromoted Retard

Wale Adedayo was comparing the criminal enterprise of his Gbenga Daniel gang of killers with the elimination of Osama Bin Laden by the USA. His scum filled brain could not have told him that Osama declared war on the US and was as such a combantant in a war. When did Dipo Dina declare war against the government of Ogun State?

How come the society promotes this sort of idiots and criminals to positions of authority in Nigeria????

wale adebayo

Why do we want to hang maj al- mustapha when the likes of wale adebayo that was killing for state executives are walking about freely. What hypocrisy

Who is this Wale Adebayo

Who is this Wale Adebayo, is it not the same Wale that recruit killers / touts for Gbenga Daniel ?, lol. Wonder shall never end. If is the same guy.... I think Nigeria is done, No hope.

People like him should be in prison by now.

A tale told by a fool

Let me sound it very clear Gbenga Daniel deserves to rot in jail. Having said that, the tale recounted by this Wale Adedayo, is a a tale told by a fool signifying nothing. How do you want me to believe that you took on 6 armed guys, killed three and escaped to tell the story. Come on. Look for something credible. I am even pissed off by the loose use of " I kill three of them" . That statement will get you into trouble sometime in future if you keep repeating it. Talk to your lawyer.

From his account, this Wale must be a product of deranged background and poorly brought up. He should hide his face in shame instead of bragging about his stupid role in the politics of ogun state. Wherein is our future with the likes of silly guys like this Adedayo.

Nigeria Needs a Cultural Rebirth

Nobody should be surprised by Wale Adedayo's testimony to the Commission. I seriously doubt that his submissions to this body can be used against him in a court of law. According to him, he had in fact written a book on the subject and continues to roam the street a free man even after giving chilling accounts of his involvements in murders and mayhem. Let's get something clear, Wale Adedayo is a thug and an errand boy to killers! For him to boastfully insist that the commission’s efforts will amount to much shows we desperately need a cultural rebirth. The country's problems have ceased to be that of leadership; it’s now that of followership! The question is, when will the governed rise up to demand a change from leadership by thuggery, relentless bellicosity, and wanton destruction of lives and properties? It's absolutely absurd to continue asking or praying for "good" leaders when you have thugs like Wale Adedayo who shamelessly carry out their vengeful orders.

insight into political killings in nigeria

At least with the revelation of Mr Adebayo, it is pretty clear that all the killings of some eminent people and political opponent were orchestrated by government either directly or indirectly.So with this the commision is heading no where.MAY GOD HELP US AND PROTECT US FROM THIS BLOOD SUCKING POLITICAL LEADERS OF OURS.!!!!!!!! AMEN

Nigeria; Land of injustice

What a shocking revelations from Mr Wale? Nig. Is a country where anything goes and nothing matters except money otherwise, this is a serious matter that put the whole PDP led govt. into question. So many deaths has occurred during this evil party reign which remained unrivalled update. I imploy all Nigerians to keep their fingers crossed and kick this evil party out of power come 2015

Nigeria; Land of injustice

What a shocking revelations from Mr Wale? Nig. Is a country where anything goes and nothing matters except money otherwise, this is a serious matter that put the whole PDP led govt. into question. So many deaths has occurred during this evil party reign which remained unrivalled update. I imploy all Nigerians to keep their fingers crossed and kick this evil party out of power come 2015

Congrats!

Congratulations to you my brother for knowing it all. but until the killing of Osama bin Laden was reported and spin introduced to justify it, some within US Govt circles would have denied same. Until you get there, you wont know why. So, wait till then. But mine is about political violence, which I believe should not be part of any genuine democracy. As per killings by govts, the last time I checked, it is a global thing even by the US and UK among others. Educate yourself abeeegi!!! Of course, the morals involved is neither here nor there. But until you are in the hot seat, you cannot say for sure whether it was right to assassinate a foreign leader in the larger interest of the US society or not.

WE NEED A NEW ORDER IN NIGERIA

Insights provided by this article shows clearly that (1) what we currently call governments in Nigeria is mostly just an association of bandits and murderers.
(2) that the security services especially the police are not doing their job well but only the bidding of those in authority. it is not far fetched to conclude that we don't have a functioning police service in Nigeria, and if that is true then the upholding of the rule of law in the country is impossible. Without the upholding of the rule of law we DO NOT HAVE A DEMOCRACY.
Add the above to the failures of the judiciary then it becomes clear that a new order is a must for Nigeria to survive, and take its rightful place in the emancipation of the blackman and global affairs.

Babalawo, Mo ki ee.

What those of you writing rubbish here do not know is that it takes real gut to come out and say what you know against real capones so that there could be at least a brush of modernity or some coats of sanity. If I may ask, what do you lazy minds think politics and power all about, dancing and waving? When they talk of difficult decisions and expediency, do you think they are talking about managing the budget, those who do not have stomach for it stay put in seminaries. If Cardinal Okogie become the C-in-C today, he would sign death warrants, got it! Meanwhile Babalawo mo ki ee oo, it is Chairman.

KENNETH

THE AIRLINE WAS DELTA AIR NOT KLM. AND IF YOU WATCHED THE VIDEO YOU WOULD HAVE HEARD THE LAWYER SAID UMAR WAS THE ONLY BLACK MAN ON THE FLIGHT. MR. HASKELL COULD NOT DEFEND UMAR BECAUSE UMAR'S TRIAL WAS CARRIED OUT IN SECRET. EVERYTHING THEY ATTRIBUTE TO UMAR WAS ALWAYS "UMAR SAID " HE HAS NEVER BEEN RECORDED OR QUOTED DIRECTLY BY ANY PAPER.

ANOTHER SHOCKER FOR YOU KENNETH, BBC NEWS HAD AN INTERVIEW WITH WALEED AL-SHEHRY ONE OF THE 19 HIJACKERS OF 911. SIX OF THE HIJACKERS ARE STILL ALIVE. THEY HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWED BY THE BBC, ABC, AND THE DAILY TELEGRAPH. HERE IS THE LINK

Hijackers still alive

TRUST NO GOVT KENNETH, IT MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE!

@Wale Adedayo. You got it all wrong!

@Wale Adedayo,

No. Wale you are the one that cannot comprehend the whole issue. If I read the story correctly, people like you in govt kill people at will to protect the larger interest of the public! That is extra judicial killings. You may have killed those three to "defend" yourself, but the premise of your testimony is that govt is full of people whose sole purpose is to assassinate to benefit the people. This is what I disagree with. When someone like you in consort with Daniel, Obasanjo, Abacha, Babangida think eliminating people to get your wish is the norm, then, people do not have virile and sane government but criminals that you all were and still are. That is the argument. Protect people and not eliminate them to serve your whims.

Chilling account of events by

Chilling account of events by mr wale,it confirms a long held belief that govt itself all over the world uses violence to control peoples mind. If in doubt find out what CIA,MOSSA0D,KGB and other ageincies does for their govt. Also another vital word is abt funsho williams, for people with discerning mind, if funsho hadn't been killed, there is a greater chance that pdp will av won 2007 election in lagos, bcos funsho was more popular,tested&charismatic dan fashola. So i there maybe some truth to his story dat external people were responsible. Someone said Jonathan shd arrest mr Wale, did u know how many people jonas thugs would av killed? They all do it esp d big time politicians. God save our souls

RE: A MUST WATCH FOR ALL NIGERIANS

This is about the second time that you are flying this kite of Umar Abdulmutallib having been set up by some unnamed security agency based on what Mr. Kurt Haskell said he witnessed at Amsterdam airport. I am sure that Umar was not the only black face on that flight since KLM and its affiliate are patronized by many Nigerians going to the US. Mr Haskell has not stated what prompted his interest in Umar which made him to focus on the young man out of the other black faces on that flight. How close was Haskell to Umar for him to have noticed that a security agent facilitated Umar's boarding? If Mr. Haskell is so sure of his facts, what effort did he make to defend Umar in court? The absurdity of the whole saga is that up till now Umar has not accused anybody of setting him up or raising the red flag on him. Rather, he has taken full responsibility for his action which he calls a religious duty because of his perceived injustices on his muslim brothers.Haskell is marketing his story.

Jenwi Temi, et al

From what you wrote above, it shows a gross illiteracy about the matter at hand. In responding to issues like these in public, the first thing to do is to get facts about the matter.

I was accosted by 6 gun-wielding assassins on the night of Saturday, 10 January 2009. I managed to kill 3 of them. There was a gun shot to my car windscreen, and another one to the bonnet of the same car. I took the windscreen to the Ogun State Truth Commission yesterday. I kept it since then. The car was my official vehicle. It remains with the state government. So, if I kill those who want to kill me, where is the crime, where is the offence? I even wrote a book about the same thing.

Political Killing Sermon

The transformation agenda of the President would be fundamentally unsuccessful if he fails to take serious what Mr Wale Adebayo is saying about political killings. This is another Boko Haran in the making. This must be dealt with now so that the political arena can be opened up for all Nigerians, because there is a army of Nigerians with integrity who cannot participate in the present climate for a variety of reasons including murders on a scale so large in a country that the political elite dreams of 2020. Our collectively future is in jeopardy as we again miss the much needed development.

I don't think people in

I don't think people in Shagam are surprise about this kind of revelation because they witness it every day, I was there for two years and people were just praying for PDP to just get out of the government.

We need more of Adedayo to speak out

Those of you that are calling for the arrest of Wale Adedayo by security chiefs for interrogation are yet to understand what this man is reveling. You still believe in these security units of Nigeria. Can't you just reason for a while? Who are these so called security personnel working for? The killers. This revelation is for consumption of common Nigeria and use it to form the basis of we can deliver Nigeria from the bastards on the helm of our affairs. Mr. Adedayo, himself is a victim in the hand of these idiots because they still have their grip on his life. People that know him know why he ran away from his former boss. Nigerians should not allow people like Adedayo be arrested. We need more of him to come out.

Incredible!

I'm short of words to describe these revelations.
May the Loed deliver us from these evil men in power
all over Nigeria!

And this man is still free instead of being in jail?

This man doesn't sound like one with sound mind!! Supposedly government officials killing people for larger benefit of the public. I mean tell me what does that mean? Interest of the larger public or interest of the assassins in the govt corridors! People like Adedayo are the reasons we have regressed as a nation. When lunatics like these find themselves in the corridors of power, then what do you expect? They don't know the difference between serving the public or ruling at all cost. It is a shame a young man like this killed three people and instead of being in a prison for extended period of time, he's spewing nonsense that adds no value to nation building. In a sane society, Adedayo would be arrested right away and carted off to jail.

A MUST WATCH FOR ALL NIGERIANS

KURT HASKELL WAS A LAWYER ON BOARD THE DELTA AIR FLIGHT THAT WAS BOUND FOR DETROIT ON CHRISTMAS DAY. HE IS OF THE OPINION THAT THERE WAS A SET UP OF UMAR ABDULMUTALLIB. HE SAID UMAR HAD NO PASSPORT WHEN HE BOARDED THE AIRCRAFT AND AN "INDIAN LOOKING" MAN THAT FACILITATED HIS BOARDING WAS ARRESTED BUT LATER DISAPPEARED.

KURT HASKELL WITNESS TO UNDERWEAR BOMBING

YOU GOT IT ROCK. BOKO HARAM

YOU GOT IT ROCK. BOKO HARAM ARE OPPOSED BY THE NIGERIAN SYSTEM ONLY BECAUSE THEY COULD NOT FIGURE OUT THE B/H COMMANDER. I ASSURE YOU THAT NIGERIA IS SUCH A CRIMINAL STATE THAT IF BOKO HARAM WERE TO COME ON BOARD THEY WILL BE FULLY INTEGRATED IN THE MAIN GAME. THE POLITICIANS NEED BOLD DAYLIGHT MURDERERS. WHY DO YOU THINK NOBODY WAS CONVICTED OF B/H OFFENCES SO FAR, WITH ALL THE ARRESTS AND LOSS OF LIFE?
THE B/H MILITANTS UNDERSTAND MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE THAT THE NIGERIAN STATE IS A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE, THAT IS WHY THEY ARE NOT SCARED OF THE POLICE OR THE ARMY.

TONSOYO, HOW DO YOU DISMANTLE

TONSOYO, HOW DO YOU DISMANTLE THE SYSTEM WHEN THE POWER YOU NEED TO DO SO IS IN THE HANDS OF THE SAME CRIMINALS? WHY DO YOU THINK THAT OF ALL THE NIGER DELTA OFFICIALS IN POWER NOT ONE HAS SO FAR ECHO YOUR CRY FOR SNC?
YOU CAN IGNORE IT BUT YOU CANT RUN AWAY FROM IT. AT THE END OF THE DAY THOSE WHO WANT SNC WILL HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT EITHER MILITARILY OR BY CLEANING THE POLITICAL TABLE. YOUR AREA OF SPECIALISATION IS TALK AND THAT WONT WORK. NO EASY WAY TO FREEDOM.