The Ekiti State Government has claimed that armed policemen from Abuja invaded the state with the purpose of starting an indiscriminate arrest of leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, high-ranking government officials and 11 members of the State House of Assembly, under the guise of an outrageous claim of stockpiling arms during the governorship election of June 21, 2014.
As alleged by the Ekiti State Government, the policemen were led by Mohammed Abubakar, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja.
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Mr. Lere Olayinka, Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the new plan was as a result of the failure of the Department of State Services, DSS, to achieve the plot of pressurising Ekiti State members of House of Assembly to impeach the Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose.
The Ekiti State Government revealed that the random arrest was supposed to kick off on Tuesday night and that the policemen came into the State capital, Ado Ekiti, in the company of Mr. TKO Aluko and APC Chairman, Jide Awe. The statement reads:
“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 the government.
“Ridiculously, the offence for which the policemen are to embark on this indiscriminate arrest is owing to T. K. O. 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’s plot to destabilise the government of Ekiti State just because of Governor Fayose’s hard stance on President Muhammadu 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 wish 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.”