OPC leader, oth­ers ar­rested over at­tack on Fayose’s of­fice

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Doyin Ade­busuyi, Ado Ek­iti

Ek­iti State Po­lice Com­mand has ar­rested the leader of Oo­dua People’s Congress in the state, Mr Niyi Adedipe, and two other prom­i­nent mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC) over al­leged at­tack on the cam­paign of­fice of for­mer gover­nor of the state, Ayo Fayose.

Fayose’s cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion had last week al­leged that sup­port­ers of Gover­nor Kay­ode Fayemi at­tacked the of­fice around 6pm while re­turn­ing from a cam­paign at Ek­iti-east Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

But the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to the gover­nor, Yinka Oye­bode, is­sued a state­ment ac­cus­ing Fayose’s sup­port­ers of at­tack­ing the gover­nor’s con­voy.

Also ar­rested by the po­lice are: Mr Richard Apolola and Owoju Ay­o­dele, while one Seun, pop­u­larly known as So­lar, was de­clared wanted by the com­mand.

Parad­ing the sus­pects yes­ter­day, the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr Felix Uyanna, said men of the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS) had ear­lier ar­rested one Mr. Deji Ades­okan, over a sim­i­lar of­fence.

The com­mis­sioner said the com­mand also in­vited the state chair­man of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Mr. Makan­juola Ogundipe, over at­tack on a jour­nal­ist with the state-owned broad­cast­ing cor­po­ra­tion.

Uyanna said about 13 cases of vi­o­lent at­tacks have been recorded since the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion lifted ban on cam­paigns in the state on March 23.

He said eight of the cases have been charged to court while oth­ers are in dif­fer­ent stages of in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He re­in­stated the com­mit­ment of the com­mand to check­mate all forms of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence and bri­g­andage re­gard­less of sta­tus and po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

“Po­lit­i­cal stake­hold­ers and po­lit­i­cally ex­posed per­sons are hereby re­minded of the need to play by the rules as con­tained in the Elec­toral Act, 2010. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are urged to go about their law­ful businesses and we as­sure them of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity for all and sundry”, he said.

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