Po­lice ar­rest 19 over PDP congress in Kwara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Kwara State Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day said 19 people are cur­rently in its cus­tody in con­nec­tion with Mon­day’s vi­o­lence that erupted dur­ing the ward congress of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP).

The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Am­brose Ais­abo, in an in­ter­view with Daily Trust, said the po­lice equally re­cov­ered some arms and am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing the pan­de­mo­nium that broke out at Ajikobi and Sango area of Ilorin.

The ex­er­cise meant to elect ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the party at ward level started peace­fully across the state on Mon­day, but later turned vi­o­lent ow­ing to dis­agree­ment among fac­tional mem­bers of the party over shar­ing of po­si­tions, it was gath­ered.

The com­mis­sioner how­ever said con­trary to re­ports that three people died in the vi­o­lence, only one death could be con­firmed.

“We were able to ar­rest the sit­u­a­tion. We have 19 people in our cus­tody and we re­cov­ered some arms and am­mu­ni­tion. Those ar­rested are un­der­go­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion”, he said.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that there was shoot­ing at Okekere in Ajikobi ward of Ilorin-west Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state and Sango in Ilorin-east.

Daily Trust learnt that the de­vel­op­ment cre­ated ten­sion within the state cap­i­tal as many res­i­dents were forced to re­main in­doors in Omoda and Sango ar­eas.

A PDP mem­ber con­firmed to our cor­re­spon­dent that key wards where the congress could not take place be­cause of vi­o­lence in­cluded Ajikobi, Ojuekun, Alanamu, Ogidi wards all in Ilorin-west and Sango in Ilorin-east.

“We in­sisted that the po­si­tions should be equally shared be­tween the fac­tions but one group in­sisted on pro­duc­ing most of the of­fi­cers”, added the source.

The in­terim PDP spokesman in the state, Al­haji Mariam Al-Has­san, could not be reached for com­ments yes­ter­day as his phone was switched off.

He had on Mon­day ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the con­duct of party mem­bers even as he urged loyal mem­bers of the party not to lose hope, but re­main stead­fast in the cause to lib­er­ate the state.

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