Violence rocks Ado-Ekiti, APC secretariat, Gov. Fayemi’s campaign office torched

A detachment of Mobile Security men in front of the Federal High Court/Fajuyi Park, Ado-Ekiti... on Thursday

Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, further descended into chaos Friday morning with rampaging thugs, believed to be loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] and the National Union of Road Transport Workers [NURTW] charging around the city and unleashing violence on residents and property.

Already, the campaign office of Governor Kayode Fayemi and the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, located at the Ajilosun area of the city, have been torched.

Some residents were beaten up and vehicles burnt, witnesses said.

The spokesperson for the Ekiti State command of the police, Olu Babayemi, confirmed the incident, saying the command had poured officers on the streets to contain the situation.

“There was a protest in town but the police have moved in,” Mr. Babayemi said.”For now, we are trying to restore normalcy and ensure lives and property are secured.”

Mr. Babayemi confirmed that the APC secretariat and Mr. Fayemi’s campaign office had been vandalised and torched.

The immediate cause of the violent protest is unclear, but the city has been on the edge since Monday when thugs believed to be sympathetic to the PDP stormed a court and attacked the judge, O. Ogunyemi, who was hearing a case concerning the eligibility of Governor-elect, Ayodele Fayose, for the recent governorship election in the state.

The court sitting was disrupted, litigants were beaten while the judge was ferried to safety by police after he was threatened by the militants, the state chief judge explained on Thursday.

On Thursday, another set of political thugs backing Mr. Fayose descended on another court, attacking a judge and other staff.

The assailants attacked Justice John Adeyeye, beating him up and ripping his clothes for being allegedly rude to Mr. Fayose.

The pandemonium that ensued scuttled the Ekiti State Governorship Election petition Tribunal sitting billed for the day at the High court, Ado-Ekiti, as judicial workers abandoned their duty post and ran for safety, witnesses and the state judiciary authority said.

In response to the attacks, the state Chief Judge, A. Daramola, ordered all state courts to remain closed until adequate security measures are in place, according to a statement by Chief Registrar Obafemi Fasanmi.

By Thursday night, a former chairman of the Ekiti state chapter of the NURTW and a core loyalist of Mr. Fayose, Omolafe Aderiye, was reportedly killed.

Mr. Aderiye is believed to have led the thugs who assaulted the judges on Monday and Thursday.

The circumstances of his death remain unclear.

The police said they would not comment on that yet as their immediate priority is restoring calm and order to the Ekiti state capital.


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  • Ayelala

    Ekiti Kete.
    Welcome to the rule of the touts.

    • hot head

      on point, i dey laugh

  • Gideon Orkar

    APC don start again. Contrived crisis…hmmm

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Incredible! You mean you are a human being? The report stated clearly that thugs believed to be loyal to the PDP and you wrote ‘APC don start again?’

      Do you know the meaning of ‘contrived?’ Who attacked litigants and judges? Who invaded courts?

      There must be a limit to blind partisanship and justification of the chicken change paid to you to troll on the Internet!

      • Gideon Orkar

        Eyaaa

        • endingNaija

          Gideon Orkar We Nigerians are looking for the two Nigerians Goodluck Jonathan ati Ayo Oritsejafor used to launder $9.3m to South Africa. Are you one of them? Please let Nigerians know.

          • Gideon Orkar

            You think say I go dey here if I handle $9 million?

          • endingNaija

            why yu no go dey here. wetin be $9m 4 una hand. Abegi diaris God ooooo! Make u go bring do money joooo!

          • craig

            Well, u dey here bcos Dem don seize am. Lol

          • Gideon Orkar

            If them seize my $9million, heart attack go don kill me!

      • Enemona

        I have nothing to add, you’ve hit it!

    • endingNaija

      Ayo Oritsejafor +Goodluck Jonathan =$9.3miilion laundered to South Africa. Gideo Orkar are you one of the Nigerians Ayo Oritsejafor ati Goodluck Jonathan used to launder $9.3m to South Africa-PDP style? Kindly let us know. Your information will be helpful.

      • Gideon Orkar

        Would and not will

        • endingNaija

          So you ati Ayo Oritsejafor ati Goodluck Jonathan know about dis thing and you do not want to inform. Diaris God oooooo! E no good oooo

  • Desoye Adegoroye

    JUSTICE OLUSEGUN OGUNYEMI AND THE SMALL FIRE HE LIT IN EKITI STATE….

    The consequence of Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi’s ex-parte ruling is snowballing into utter chaos.
    Justice Ogunyemi had issued a ruling limiting the time of 14 days to three days for Ayo Fayose
    to file a defence on a case alleging Ayo Fayose’s in-elligibility to be sworn as Governor of Ekiti.
    on the ground that he (Fayose) was impeached as Ekiti state governor during his previous tenure.
    Justice Ogunyemi’s ruling caused uproar amongst Ayo Fayose’s supporters and led to this crisis.

    Under the law, Ayo Fayose is normally entitled to 14 days to prepare his defence to this elibility lawsuit.
    For strange reasons Justice Ogunyemi limited the 14 days to three days and then refused to set aside
    this ruling when Ayo Fayose’s legal team angrily protested it as a prejudicial infringement of fair hearing.
    From then on, Ekiti activists who’d voted for Ayo Fayose to win in all the local governments of Ekiti state
    smelled rat and suspected that the rival APC was using Justice Ogunyemi to reverse the votes of the people.

    • dudu

      Gbe enu oshi soun…PDP apologist, this is how you people try to stand the truth on its head. What is justifiable in beating up a judge and causing pandemonium in town simply because the Governor-elect is afraid the court may indict him? But then the Ekiti people deserve the leaders they get. I dey laugh. Won se se bere

      • King Carlos

        Lol…. they need to be reminded that PDP is not the only party that can play politics beyond voting, just that PDP is the only party that resorts to violence when things don’t go their way, simply because they know the security agencies are under their control.

    • OsunBold

      Listen to this mad man! So because a judge made a pronouncement (which under the law could be appealed), the next thing is to start beating everybody at sight? If you are from Ekiti, i pray you and your family will be a victim of this lunacy and if not, wherever you wont spare you from similar madness … Olori buruku

      • Rastafari

        Mr. OsunBold,

        But Desoye is just explaining to us what happened in Ekiti. He’s not taking sides.
        So why are you attacking him for that? Did Justice Ogunyemi not bend the law?
        If Justice Ogunyemi bent it, why did he do that? To achieve what, and, for whom?
        These are the real issues we should actually be discussing here as mature adults.

        • BABUYANMA

          If a High court bend the law, you go to the APPEAL court, and on to the SUPREME court. Are you trying to replace judges with staff of the Transportation union?

    • Becky

      Why are you taking things this hard. This is Nigeria- a land where everything is upside down. The foundation for attacking judges has been laid in Ekiti and it may continue in other parts of Nigeria. Now my position is this; attacking a Judge is the height of Lawlessness and an invitaton to anachy. Haven said that; some Judges are corrupt an need to be dealt with. Some Judges are even the major problem of this country. They give funny Judgments after been paid by politicians and other influncial people- remenber Justice Isa Salami; the APC Judge. Now let’s come to Fayose and Fayemi. Both of them are politicians. Both of them always try to stimulate public sympathy. Both of them are thieves/rogues. Both of them are killers. Both of them shared rice and money to win elections. Fayose stole the state chicken money; Fayemi stole Ekiti money to build a University in Ghana. Just think about these things. Politicians play games to please themselves and none of them are there to serve you and I.

  • King Carlos

    Ahhh… return of violence.

  • the truth

    if you don’t smell the rat in this case then you would never. fastforward 4 years ago segun oni was removed by court proceedings for fayemi. fayose won the election and even fayemi congratulated him saying it was free and fair but the apc lords condemned him. now barely days to fayose’s swearing this same judge has fast forwarded fayose’s plea to 3 days. question’s arising who tends to benefit from violence before the swearing in pdp or apc?. This is pure mockery of journalism, a totaly biased report, did premium times have any proof of evidence that those thugs were pdp loyalists. other news media houses were saying its a nurtw crisis, but premium times decided to add pdp loyalists. fayose would be sworn in whether apc(premium times) likes it or not.

  • Akin Danmole

    @ The Truth:

    Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi of Ekiti state High Court is the cause of this violence. He should be brought to book. The National Judicial Council should ask him to show cause why he should not be sacked for bending the law. The suspicion that Justice Ogunyemi acted on the prompting of the APC stalwarts in Ekiti state has not yet been proved, but no motive can excuse the intentional bending of the law by a Justice of the court.

    Now we see bloodshed all over the place in Ekiti state. This can only result from injustice perceived. There are three cases of bribery proved at the Court of Appeal. Those three Appeal Court Justices have been dismissed. There are tens of other cases of bribery of judges before the National Judicial Council. It is therefore far-fetched to allege that Justice Ogunyemi probably acted on inducement by the All Progressives Congress [APC].

    • BABUYANMA

      Laws are based on FACTS not THOUGHTS

  • African man

    It is sad that Ekiti, the land of the enlightened is turning into this. Personally, I can smell some bd odour. This issue of legitimacy should have been handled before the elections. You don’t turn round when all is said and done and you have been rejected by the generality of the people to start challenging the will of the people. It is like medicine after death. Let Fayemi go and be prepared for the next term. After all it is not a must that he must rule the Ekiti people. It is our right too and we can all lay claim to it as if it is an inheritance. His kangaroo judges should be advised.

    • BABUYANMA

      But the law does not allow criminals to be elected. Ekiti has millions of people, Fayose is JUST one of them

      • redeem

        EVEN ATIKU WAS MADE VP TO OBJ—————————SANUSI–A THIEF IS NOW THE EMIR OF KANO

        • checkmate

          ……And who made Dumbo Jonaharam ( A thief, the Sponsor of Boko Haram and the World acknowledged corrupt president) Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and President?

  • Sopulu

    It takes until paragraph 13 of a “news story” with 16 paragraphs for Propaganda Times to whisper that a well-known PDP supporter was shot dead Thursday night. Meanwhile, in earlier paragraphs it claims it did not know the immediate cause of the increased unrest Friday morning. The official (APC) party line is to bury and never mention that people are protesting the idea that a court is sitting on case on which its earlier ruling on jurisdiction has been appealed. Is this the same news medium that this week started exposing corruption in Nigerian journalism? Propaganda Times stands accused of practising what it is preaching against: vision and judgement impaired by brown envelope.

    • redeem

      OLD BOY U MAKE ME LAUGH–WHICH CORRUPTION ARE THEY EXPOSING—————-MOST OF THE ARTICLES ON CORRUPTION ARE SPONSORED—————————–A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IS ANGERED OVER THE WAY HE WAS TREATED BY HIS BOSS—–THE NEXT THING IS TO ALERT THE MEDIA—————-A BUSINESS MAN FAILS TO GRAP A MOUTH WATERING CONTRACT—HE RUSHES TO THE MEDIA VIA APC————————THAT IS NO INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM—————ITS CALLED SPONSORED NEWS—————————–PEPPER SOUP STORY——————–WHERE IS THE STORY ON THE PDP MAN WHO WAS SHOT DEAD IN EKITI STATE——————————-WHERE IS IT—IN SHARIA REPORTERS ABI

  • Uzoma

    For too long judges and lawyers have connived with politicians to subvert the people’s will. Now the people have decided to take the laws into their own hands. And APC needs to be really careful lest they create the conditions for another insurgency or militancy movement in this country. Ekiti people may have voted stomach infrastructure, it is their prerogative.

    • redeem

      DID WE NOT SEE FAYEMI SHARE RICE WITH OUR MOTHERS———————————ALSO—————-THE MAN IS JUST BEING STUPID—————————WITH JUST FEW HOURS FOR HIM TO GO————-IS HE INSANE OR WHAT—————

  • Gbo_lee

    Very sad development for Ekiti…Fayose has sent a very deep lesson to all Nigerians in the South West that the PDP cannot be trusted with votes…the era of thuggery and NURTW madness that had ended with the APC is being slowly ré awakened by the PDP…lets vote wisely oooo