Olaposi Sunday Oginni, former Chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Ogun state, has been arrested by men of the Nigeria Police Force on allegations of financial misappropriation, fraud, and money laundering.
According to reports, Oginni, who was recently expelled by the NNPP’s national leadership for alleged anti-party activities, fraud, and money laundering, was arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, on Tuesday by a team of crack detectives from Force Headquarters in Abuja, who detained him first at Lafenwa Police Station before whisking him away to Abuja on Wednesday.
His arrest was said to be the result of a petition sent to the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and active members of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) by E.A Igwe & Co, Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The petition with Ref EAV/MISC/05/1992/2023, dated 20th May 2023, with the heading: ‘Call For The Arrest Of The Culprits And To Subject Them To The Full Wrath Of The Law’ states that, “We have been consulted and our legal services retained by the Trustees and active members of New Nigeria People Party, (NNPP) (Hereinafter called our clients) and on whose definite and clear instruction we write you with respect to the above subject matter.
“We have been informed by our clients, and we firmly believe that the relevant facts-in-issue are as stated below for your review.”
“It is our instruction that these perpetrators are hell-bent on deliberately destabilizing and frustrating the activities of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) at the party secretariat located at No. 11 Mahatma Gandhi Street, Area 11, Garki Abuja, for no justifiable reason other than to project their evil plot by attacking the party secretariat.”
“And maliciously damaged the glasses with the persistent threat of dealing with party members and putting their lives in imminent danger as a result of the culprits’ mischief, thus this petition.”
“We are also told that the first perpetrator, Oginni Sunday Olaposi, had N7.5 million cash in his possession, which he boldly claimed was in his custody, an act against the law of the land, hence this petition.”
“Our clients told us that the main culprit and others diverted several millions of naira belonging to the NNPP by using secret accounts that were manipulated and opened for that purpose.” The perpetrators are undermining the party’s formation and will not stop until they are apprehended and subjected to the full force of the law.
“The main perpetrator is guilty of money laundering charges and will not stop boasting until he is apprehended and subjected to the full wrath of the law.”
“We have additional information that the perpetrators are also guilty of gun running, which most of them used during the recently concluded election in some states, including Ogun.”
“The perpetrators are also accused of financing terrorism in violation of Section 25 of the Money Laundering Act.”
“We have further information that the main suspect (Mr. Oginni) is guilty of obtaining money from several gubernatorial candidates in the recently concluded 2023 election under the NNPP platform, and many victims are available to testify at the point of hearing.” We are told that the ill-gotten gains of these perpetrators have had a significant impact on the activities of the NNPP party’s new caretaker chairman for Ogun state, Prince Ibrahim Adekunle, and that if the perpetrators are not apprehended, many things will go wrong in the party, hence this petition.
“The main suspect (Mr Oginni) is accused of fraudulently removing party files, computers, and a printer from the party office supply after being expelled from the party.” The same perpetrator is said to have fraudulently opened suspicious accounts in the name of the NNPP without the consent of the Board of Trustees, made himself and the former treasurer signatories to the account where many unknown victims paid millions of naira, a clear case of criminal deception and criminal conversion of party funds.
“Our attention has also been drawn to the fact that, to the detriment of the party, the culprit’s ill-gotten money in custody has been diverted to the financing of terrorists in some parts of the country and may not stop unless arrested and properly interrogated.” The perpetrators’ misbehaviour is instilling fear in the minds of our numerous clients, prompting this petition.
“Our clients have hurried to file this petition for your intervention because the perpetrators are said to be boasting in front of many people that they have the money and contacts to sweep any complaint against them under the rug, no matter the nature, even if it is heinous crime.”
“We write on behalf of our client, requesting that the perpetrators be apprehended and subjected to the full force of the law.” We rely on you.”
According to reports, the men of crack detectives arrived in Abeokuta on Tuesday and arrested the alleged main suspect, Olaposi Sunday Oginni, detaining him at Lafenwa Police Station before whisking him away to Abuja on Wednesday.
Speaking on the matter, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ogun State Command, Omolola Odutola, said she would not comment because Oginni was arrested in Abuja, not Abeokuta, and that only the Police spokesman in Abuja could speak on the arrest.