Deputy governor Hamzat says Lagos State government will not shield MC Oluomo from prosecution

DEPUTY governor Obafemi Hamzat of Lagos State has hinted that his administration will not offer undue protection to Musiliu Akinsanya the chairman  of the Lagos State Parks and Garages Committee popularly known as MC Oluomo if he has committed any crime.


MC Oluomo, a reknown APC supporter and associate of the party's presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was recorded threatening Igbos in Lagos in the run-up to the gubernatorial elections. In a threatening video, which has since gone viral, MC Oluomo was seen threatening the Igbo residing in Lagos State against voting for other political parties.


He also engaged in nasty ethnic profiling, accusing Igbos of being bullies who harass Yoruba children in school and who intimidate women in the market place. Since then, there have been calls for his arrest but so far MC Oluomo has not even been questioned amid claims that he enjoys the full protection of the government.


However, speaking live on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, Mr Hamzat said that MC Oluomo must pay, if he is found guilty of breaking the law during the just-concluded elections in the state. Although, the deputy governor said he was not calling for the arrest of anybody, he said the facts should be examined and if in truth he has broken the law, he must pay for it.


Mr Hamzat said: “Well, I am not calling for the arrest of anybody as I am not a police officer and I am not a prosecutor but people will look at the evidence. In the case of MC Oluomo he has actually come out to say that he was referring to a woman, who also come out to say that she has known MC Oluomo for years and that he was referring to her, so I don’t know the facts but people should examine the facts and if in truth he has broken the law, he must pay for it.


“However, my point which I want to make is that we all diminish this country when we actually exaggerate what happens. We have an election where you have this number of polling units and you have less than 1% that have a problem but we now make it look like that 1% is more important than the 99%.


“I think that it is just outrageous and we should not diminish our country by saying the election is bad. No, this was a great election. Yes, atrocities were committed and people should pay for that.”


According to Mr Hamzat, the Lagos State government has been accommodating of all tribes and religions and Lagos is the only state that has other tribes in its state house of assembly. However, he added that there will be people that will always try to break the rules, so the government must punish them to serve as a deterrent to others.