By Emmanuel Udom
Shola Jejeloye, Chairman, Lagos State Special Offences, a.k.a taskforce, seems determined to clean-up the commercial base of our country, from the unbecoming activities of okada riders, keke marwa operators, street traders, reckless and inpatient drivers, etc.
When he replaced Yinka Egbeyemi, as Lagos taskforce boss, Jejeloye, a Chief Superintendent of Police, talked tough when he summoned journalists to his office at Bolade, Oshodi, to tell them about his roadmap for tackling criminalities from all fronts in various parts of the state.
The new Lagos taskforce boss, perceived rightly or wrongly, to be one of the boys of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the police, vowed to ensure that sanity returns to Lagos, when he summoned journalists to his office.
However, surveillance by www.csomedia.com.ng in various parts the state, revealed that some Lagos taskforce operatives are allegedly busy, daily, harassing, intimidating and extorting money from okada riders, keke marwa operators, traders, danfo drivers and others people, along major and inner roads.
Beyond this preamble however, feelers from the taskforce office have it that Jejeloye, who initially promised to work in close partnership with journalists in order to clean-up Lagos of all forms of criminalities, seems now to be having a cat-and-mouse relationship with journalists.
Yesterday, our under-cover reporter was at the taskforce office in Oshodi, where some journalists who visited the office to see the taskforce boss for one reason or the other were allegedly “rebuffed” by the man.
Two senior journalists lamented yesterday that they came to see Jejeloye, not to beg for money, but to hear from his side in sorting out an issue, but were not given attention by the taskforce boss.
Unconfirmed report also has it that last week, a journalist from one of the a-list television stations in Lagos, Nigeria, arrived the taskforce office late for a press conference and was “snubbed” and treated with “disdain”
Femi Moliki, Head, Public Affairs, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), when contacted for official confirmation kept mute on the issue.
However, some journalists have alleged that the Lagos taskforce chairman may not be press friendly going by his utterances and body languages when dealing with journalists, daily.
This, a former editor of a national newspaper insisted, could make or mar the existing relationship between Lagos taskforce, under Jejeloye and journalists.