Ayomipe Jatto, a human rights activist, has accused Sunday Adedokun, a dismissed Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and former head of Magodo Police Post, Lagos State, of masterminding attempts on his life.
Jatto told FIJ on Thursday that Adedokun held a grudge against him, believing he was behind his dismissal from the police force.
He said the former officer, on multiple occasions, circulated his (Jatto) picture among cultists and armed men to track and kill him.
He said he escaped an attack on Thursday when five armed men accosted him in Arepo, Ogun State.
He told FIJ he suffered another attack on Friday evening, and alerted Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command.
“On Thursday evening, I noticed unfamiliar movement around me,” Jatto told FIJ. “When I turned around to see them, I saw five guys bringing out a gun from a bag. I did not wait; I ran.
“On Friday, the same thing happened, and I called the attention of Hundeyin on a group chat we both belong to as he did not respond to my messages privately. This was at about 6:14 pm.
“He later called me to say I should follow up with the DPOs that began handling the case in 2020.”
Jatto told FIJ his ordeal began in August 2020 when, according to him, the leader of a cult group was arrested along with some of his members and denied bail following the intervention of Muyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer.
He said they accused him of influencing their arrest and detainment. Jatto also said the cultists shared a suspicious relationship with Adedokun, who gave them details on how to reach him.
Jatto said he had on multiple occasions visited the Magodo station to challenge the police for harassing journalists and other citizens, and helped with their release.
He said the Police Service Commission later dismissed Adedokun for his questionable conduct and the threats to his life began afterward.
Adejobi, at the time, was the Lagos State Police spokesman, and Jatto said he approached him with the development.
FIJ made attempts to reach both Hundeyin and Adejobi for comments, but they had not responded to calls as of press time.
FIJ also sent messages to them via WhatsApp. While Adejobi read the messages and did not respond, Hundeyin was yet to read them as of press time.
Efforts to get Adedokun’s contact from the police proved abortive.
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