I was not behind your retirement from the Police – Atiku replies Oba of Lagos

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Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has told the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, that he “had no power” to enforce his retirement from the Police Force.

The monarch had accused Atiku and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, of convincing former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, to retire him in 2002.

“Atiku, Daura and others sat down and advised President Obasanjo that if he wanted to win Lagos in 2003, I should be removed. It was written on paper,” Akiolu claimed.

In reaction to the allegation, Atiku said on Tuesday: “at no time did he suggest nor propose the removal of Akiolu from the police force.”

Atiku went on to explain that he never supervised the Nigeria Police or the Police Service Commission and therefore could not have been part of any “alleged plot” to force Akiolu out of public service.

He also noted that he was not “familiar with Oba Akiolu as at the time the monarch was removed from the Police Force.”

Atiku said he was “totally innocent” of the allegations made against him by the monarch, while adding that he holds him in high esteem.