Ekiti, Police differ over alleged plan to arrest lawmakers, PDP leaders

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Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

Ekiti State Government and the Nigeria Police disagreed yesterday over the former’s allegation of a plan to arrest top officials of the government, leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and members of the State House of Assembly over the roles they played during the June 21, 2014 governorship election won by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The alleged plan to arrest them from today (Monday) was based on petitions by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that lost the election.

The government said that the 20 policemen to be led by one ACP Olusola Oke, a native of Isan Ekiti, left Alagbon, Lagos yesterday morning by 9 a.m. for Ekiti in three white coloured Toyota Hummer buses

However, when The Guardian contacted the Nigeria Police in Alagbon, its spokesman, Friday Archibong told our correspondent in a terse message that there was no iota of truth in the allegation.

Archibong replied tersely: “There is no plan by policemen in Alagbon to go to Ekiti State. There is no truth in that report.”

The Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the government had alleged that distinguished lawyer, “Femi Falana (SAN), senior APC leaders from the state like Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Yinka Akerele and others were coordinating the arrest to destabilise the state because of Governor Fayose’s perceived opposition to the inhuman policies of the Federal Government.”

“We have been reliably informed that the latest onslaught against the PDP government of Mr Fayose is to begin on Monday, using the police to arrest top government officials, PDP leaders across the 16 local councils and members of the House of Assembly,” the government alleged.

Olayinka alleged, “ACP Olusola Oke, who is to lead the over 20 policemen to carry out the operation is said to be a native of Isan Ekiti, hometown of the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. ACP Olusola Oke is equally the immediate past Assistant Commissioner in charge of Operations and now the AC X-Squad, FCID, Abuja.”

Guardian/Nigeria Today

 

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