Tuesday, March 29, 2016 11:29 pm
By Eromosele Ebhomele
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state in the western part of Nigeria claimed Tuesday evening that armed policemen from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, have invaded the state to commence a late night arrest of leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, top government officials and 11 members of the state House of Assembly.
The governor alleged that the police officers are in the state in connivance with the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party currently at the federal level.
He claimed the policemen were led by one CSP Mohammed Abubakar of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja.
Fayose said the would-be arrested ‘victims’ would be slammed with allegation of stockpiling arms during the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who made this known in a statement, said the new plot was an aftermath of the failure of the Department of State Services, DSS, to achieve the plot of coercing the House of Assembly members to impeach Governor Fayose.
The statement alleged that the policemen were in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital with Mr. TKO Aluko and the state APC Chairman, Jide Awe.
“We are aware of the arrival of policemen from Abuja to Ekiti State with the intention of arresting 11 members of the House of Assembly, two PDP leaders per local government and some other top officials of
“Ridiculously, the offense for which the policemen are to embark on this indiscriminate arrest is owing toTKO Aluko malicious outburst that those listed for arrest stockpiled arms during the governorship election conducted in Ekiti close to two years ago.
“This plot is in furtherance of the APC plot to destabilise the government of Ekiti State just because of Governor Fayose’s hard
stance on President Mohammadu Buhari’s APC government policies.
“The question is, what was the arms they claimed were stockpiled used for? Was anyone killed or attacked during the election?
“And why is the Police not arresting the APC Chairman, Jide Awe who is wanted for alleged murder and TKO Aluko, who was declared wanted by the court for perjury, and instead providing security cover for them?
“We therefore which to alert Nigerians on this new plot and state that Ekiti people will resist any attempt to use the Police to harass innocent citizens of the State.
“Democratically, we are entitled to our views on any issue in Nigeria and we won’t succumb to intimidation and harassment from any agency of the Federal government.”