Some armed police officers, Friday, stormed the Government Reservation Area, GRA, Abeokuta, private residence of a former governor of Ogun State and leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Olusegun Osoba.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered that loyalists of Mr. Osoba were holding a meeting at his residence, when about 20 members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Ogun State Police Command arrived.
According to a source, the meeting was held to perfect structures for the formation of a new party, Action Group.
Mr. Osoba and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, have been having a running political battle over the control of the APC in the state. The state APC has since been split into two factions with the national headquarters recognising the faction loyal to Mr. Amosun.
The arrival of the police officers on Friday caused panic among Mr. Osoba’s supporters.
The police team claimed to be working on information that some hoodlums were causing pandemonium within the premises.
A chieftain of the APC and the Vice Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Kunle Adeyemi, later addressed the officers, informing them that they were only holding a political meeting.
Speaking with journalists, a leader at the meeting, Olatokunbo Ajayi, said they had anticipated a disruption, hence the reason they held their meeting at Mr. Osoba’s home.
When contacted, the Ogun State police spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi, explained that the presence of the police officers was only in response to a Police Control-Room message, which directed the nearest patrol team to provide the necessary security for Mr. Osoba’s residence.
He said the Control-Room, “which is the engine room of the police force,” had received a distress call, alleging that sporadic shooting was going on at Mr. Osoba’s private residence and that lives could be lost should security agents delay in arriving the scene.
He said the SARS team returned to their base “without molesting anyone” after certifying that the lives of the politicians who had converged at the scene were not in jeopardy.