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The Chairman of Bola Komo Night Club, sealed by the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, Mrs Olubola Adeya, has described as unfair the sealing of her hospitality outfit without lawful justification.

She also refuted claims by Amotekun that it obtained a court order to close the place, as no court papers were presented by the operatives of the agency.

A joint raid of men of the Amotekun Corps and the Nigeria Police Force on the club’s premises on Saturday, following complaints by the security outfit of serial breach of government directives not to operate the club beyond 12 midnight.

The club was not only sealed, but the residential areas and all other operations of the hospitality outfit located within the same premises were affected.

The state government sometime in July this year banned the operation of night clubs beyond midnight as a result of escalating criminal activities within the city.

Although there are still apprehensions of the activities of criminal gangs, pubs have continued their operations in the face intermittent raids by Amotekun.

But Mrs Adeya said the night club was just one of the many businesses within the complex and the corps’ blanket closure of the place negated the rights of other businesses not associated with the club.

The Ondo State Amotekun Commander, Adetunji Adeleye, while staying the reasons for the sealing of the club, said some suspects were chased into the club and we’re prevented from effecting their arrests at a time the pub should not have been operating.

“A couple of days ago during our night patrol, we saw some groups of boys in front of an ATM machine around the place withdrawing money at about midnight,” the commander explained.

“After carrying out our detailed investigation, we found out they were not the owner of the ATM card they were using. Upon investigation, they claimed they were coming from Bola Komo Night club.

“They also hinted us that such operations were being carried out in other ATM points at that hour. We went to the ATM around Adegbola and we met another group of boys carrying out same act. On sighting us, they took to their heels and escaped into Bola Komo Night Club.

“This was at about 1:38 am. On getting to the club house, we found out that there was full clubbing taking place right there and we recorded the video.

“We asked for the manager who came out and said we have no right to arrest anyone at that time in the club. In a short while, we saw about 18 security men that came out and also prevented us from entering the club.

“At about 2:30am, the manager sent about 500 men, including the security men chanting at our men. At that time, we refused to engage them, but contacted the police and they also tried but their efforts also proved abortive.

“Based on that, we invited the Manager and that was after visiting the venue about six times. We advised them to close the club at the time stipulated by the state government. But on many occasions, he would apologize but refused to comply.

“I invited the Chief Executive of the club to my office and I enlightened him on the need to adhere to the rules stated by the state government.

“On each occasion, he promised he would keep to the government’s rules. It was quite surprising that apart from depriving us from carrying out our security activities, they still continued clubbing at about 2am.

“I think based on this, the place should be investigated. So, we sought permission of the court, and the court granted the order that pending investigation, the place should be closed.

“We went there in the early hours with men of the Nigerian Police Force to carry out the court order.

“We met some people there and we peacefully dislodged them and warned them not to drop the crossed tape we used in sealing the place by the court.”

However, Mrs Adeya, in her statement titled: Amotekun Sway of Terror: Bolakomo Ventures Under Siege, noted that the corps sealed the place without any “cogent reason.”

“No order from the court of law or any document was presented,” she said.

“All occupants and those residing within the premises were chased out. The business premises has different sections; the bar and lounge (which they claim is the target of their sealing off) is in a different part of the premises entirely from the other sections of the business that were affected.

“Like the medicine store, fashion school, agency banking, eatery, coffee shop, car wash, beauty school, spa and spaces let out to other concerns to carry out their business were affected.

“There are also numerous individuals attending training programs in order to acquire different skills under the skill acquisition and empowerment program.

“It is note worthy that the Amotekun Corps was created to enhance the security of indigins of Ondo State. They are expected to provide overall security generally and ensure specifically that the attacks of the notorious herdsmen are put in check and contained, yet the only place you find them within Akure, the state capital, is harassing, molesting and intimidating honest and all law abiding citizens going about their Normal businesses.

“This new dimension, introducing them to settle political scores against perceived political opponents, which in this case is unfounded, amounts to cross abuse of power.

The Ondo State government while not creating employment on the engagement of teaming young in any form of vocational training actively target our organization which has been spending it’s own hard earned money in the training of young entrepreneurship, capacity building, providing start up ground to more than 150 youth (which is over 25 of them currently in various training programs) the program also includes widows engaged in petty business and trading.

“The invasion of the premises, the chairman and her family were prevented by the Amotekun Corps from returning to their residential quarters, which is within the premises of Bola Komo Ventures, they are presently squatting with friends.

“The other businesses and the tenants are prevented from carrying out their businesses and earning a living and trainees and widowed are prevented from going ahead with their programs.

“The big question is: the sealing off and locking out the occupants of Bola Komo premises without any order from the court of law or written authorised notice, lawfully procedure to adopt when investigating issue of likely security breach(which is the present case is baseless) as no suspect has ever been arrested for any criminal offense since our resumption of operation in 2019.”

She further said that it was unacceptable for the security agency to clamp down on the venture under the guise of security when it could have apprehended those suspected to be involved in criminal activities.

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