An Ondo state Court has ordered men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed ‘Amotekun Corps’ and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to close Bola Komo night club in Akure, the state capital.
It would be recalled that the State Government had last week ordered the immediate closure of the club located opposite Oyemekun Grammar School, in Akure metropolis.
According to the Government, “this step became imperative following flouting of earlier directive banning night clubs and beer parlour operations beyond midnight”.
The Court order was obtained following a flagrant violation of the closure order by the state government.
Some night crawlers were still seen at the night club during odd hours which warranted the security personnel to swiftly disengage them in the early hours of Saturday morning.
While speaking, the Ondo State Amotekun Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said, “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.
“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.
According to Adeleye, “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 Owner 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 of 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”.