Governor Ibikunle Amosun condemned the violence
The Ogun State Police Command has affirmed that five of its men, including the Divisional Police Officer of Ewekoro and orderly of the Area Commander, Ota, were wounded during the violence that erupted between rival members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this to journalists in Abeokuta. The spokesperson also denied that the police took sides in the incident.
“This morning, the police were informed that there would be a programme in Wasimi, Ewekoro and the Area Commander, Ota, Titi Kayode, went there with some policemen, including some DPOs. We discovered that the group of Senator Obadara wanted to have a meeting there. But some youth vowed not to allow him. The police persuaded the youth,” Mr. Adejobi explained.
He said that seeing that the atmosphere would not be conducive for the meeting, the police had suggested that the programme be postponed.
“Later, the Obadara group went to another place and it was there the violence began. Police dispersed the rival groups with teargas. While the two groups were fighting, somebody released shots. Five policemen and a civilian were injured. The DPO Ewekoro was injured; the orderly to Area Commander Ota was also injured. It was an ugly incident. The police later restored normalcy,” Mr. Adejobi said.
While absolving the police of complicity in the incident, Mr. Adejobi insisted that the matter would not be swept under the carpet.
“Immediately, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, sent two Deputy Commissioners of Police to the place. We are going to transfer the case to the State CID. Nobody should accuse the police wrongly or link us with the violence. Our men were also injured. Since firearms were used, it is a case that cannot be swept under the carpet,” he said.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has also denied his alleged involvement in the bloody clash.
Mr. Amosun, according to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Olusola Balogun, condemned all acts of violence against any citizen of Ogun. He also condemned attempts to link him or any member of his government to such dastardly acts in order to score political points.
“The news of the alleged attack was shocking to me. All the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as chairmen of our local councils were in Lagos to celebrate Baba Bisi Akande. It is even more curious that some chieftains of our party would choose a time to honour our revered leader for another meeting. The motive is certainly questionable,” the governor said.
Mr. Amosun added that the party leader in the state, Olusegun Osoba, was at the event with him and wondered what the intention of the National Assembly members that convened the said political meeting was.
“The alleged thuggery has all the trappings of a stage-managed event, with the aim of attempting to take over the machinery of our great party through subterfuge. But we will not be taken in by such blackmail,” Mr. Amosun declared.
He maintained that the unity of Ogun APC remained inviolable and everything within the ambit of the law would be done to consolidate the gains of the past and take Ogun State to enviable heights. He commiserated with the innocent victims of the alleged violence, including the journalists, and called on the police to bring the perpetrators to book and sustain the atmosphere of peace in the state.