Latest News in Nigeria: 3 shot, 7 arrested as APC members clash again
There was confusion in Iyin accord in Irepodun/Ifelodun Localised Polity Region of Ekiti Express on Monday multitude a scrap among supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the utter in which ternary persons were said to bang been jibe spell others were arrested.
The violence was said to have erupted when some of the youths of the community took to the streets to protest alleged intimidation and arrest of some of them, whom they said were supporters of a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele.
A fight had ensued in the community on Friday between supporters of the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and Mr Bamidele at the burial of the mother of a chieftain of the party in the community in which people were injured.
The youths were said to have taken to the streets to protest alleged intimidation by members of the party in Fayemi’s camp, said to be led by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Internal Security, Mr Deji Adesokan, and the caretaker chairman of the council, Major Tajudeen Awe (retd), as well as the alleged arrest of some of them by the police over Friday’s clash.
During the protest on Monday morning, they were allegedly attacked by some people, leading to another free for all in which various weapons were employed.
The development led to the deployment of about 10 police vans with armed policemen, while an armoured personnel carrier was also stationed close to the office of the APC in the community.
Adesokan, however, said the policemen who were deployed in Iyin-Ekiti went there on the orders of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Sotonye Wakama, adding that the order was that “those behind Friday’s trouble be fished out and brought to book.”
Adesokan said he was not involved in the crisis.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state command, Mr Victor Babayemi, who confirmed the development on phone, said three persons were injured and were taken to the hospital for treatment, saying he wouldn’t know what caused the injury to the people.
Bamidele, in a reaction to the incident through a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Ahmed Salami, accused the camp of Governor Fayemi.
He alleged in the statement that “the Special Assistant on Internal Security to Governor Kayode Fayemi in the name of Mr Deji Adesokan aka (Jarule) in collaboration with Governor Fayemi’s appointed interim caretaker committee chairman of Irepodun-Ifelodun, drafted policemen and thugs to invade Iyin-Ekiti this morning (Monday) in continuation of their ‘war’ against the people in an attempt to break their unflinching solidarity and support for their son, Honourable Michael Opeyemi Bamidele who is currently running for the governorship seat in Ekiti come 2014.”
Bamidele alleged further that: “Mr Ola Fatokun was shot in the hand, Mr Rasaki Bello was shot in the stomach while Ige Adeola was shot in the back at Iyin Ekiti today (Monday) by a combined team of policemen and thugs led by Mr Deji Adesokan. It is unbelievable that such an act of terror can be happening in broad daylight at a time that the nation is enforcing a state of emergency to stem the perpetration of terrorism and guarantee the security of life and property in some other parts of the country.”
Also reacting, the Ekiti State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe and a governorship aspirant in the party, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, condemned the development.
Ogundipe, in a release by his media aide, Mr Femi Omolusi, said the drama unfolding in the camp of the APC had shown that it is a party that must be despised by all peace-loving people of the state and the country at large.
“They claim to be democrats but cannot stomach a member signifying his intention to contest the governorship election. These are people who have failed the state since they came into office and have been changing the name of their party to save their face,” he said.
In the same vein, Adeyeye, in a statement by the Director-General of his campaign outfit, Honourable Bisi Kolawole, called on President Goodluck Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to save Ekiti people from Fayemi and his squad led by one Deji Adesokan. He said: “Our state is getting closer to a state of anarchy and urgent steps must be taken to prevent a total breakdown of law and order in the state.
“What happened could have been averted if the police had not allowed Deji Adesokan and his gang of killers to be perpetrating crimes in the state unchallenged.
“On many occasions, this same Deji Adesokan, who is the cause of the Iyin-Ekiti mayhem, had led violent attacks on PDP supporters and supporters of the Hon Michael Opeyemi Bamidele faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) with the police looking the other way.
“Even a court in Ado-Ekiti had described Deji Adesokan as tyrant while also awarding N1 million damages against him in a case of assault against an Ado-Ekiti Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) official, Mr. Idowu Brown.
“In spite of his atrocities, Fayemi has not deemed it necessary to sanction him and the police has not for once questioned him.
“Today, we are yet to see those who killed Adeleye Awolumate, Ayo Murphy Jeje and Juliana Adewumi face the consequences of their criminal act.
“In a situation where people in government are allowed to unleash violence on the people with impunity, what will g is the people rising in their own defence and such a situation is what we are witnessing in the State now.
“Therefore, the president and IGP should please in the name of God save Ekiti State from this impending catastrophe by bringing those being used by the State Government to unleash terror on innocent Ekiti sons and daughters to book.”