The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised an alarm over the alleged return of a killer squad in the state.
It also said the lives of the members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly are in danger and accused the Nigeria Police Force of playing a partisan role in the crisis in the state.
A press statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatubosun, on Sunday, said the party is shocked by the police’ undisguised support for Governor Ayodele Fayose so far in the crisis rocking the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
The party criticized the police’ support for the seven Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members of the House when they sat to ratify the list of Commissioner-nominees and council leaders nominated by the governor. The PDP lawmakers also said they had removed the Speaker, Adewale Omirin, a claim the APC rejects, while accusing the police of preventing APC lawmakers from access to the Assembly Complex.
The APC also criticised the police for allegedly allowing non-lawmakers to sit with the seven PDP lawmakers. It accused the police of taking Mr. Fayose’s accusation as its official intelligence report that APC lawmakers plan to storm Ekiti with thugs recruited from a neighbouring state to cause mayhem.
“It is curious that a day after Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, issued a press release accusing APC of plan to storm Ekiti with thugs recruited from a neighbouring state, the police that are supposed to play a neutral role also said in their own press release indicating that the opposition politicians are planning to recruit thugs from a neighbouring state for violence,” it said.
“We are not surprised by the police role in Ekiti crisis. The police have been working in cahoots with the governor to sustain illegalities in Ekiti State. The police did nothing when Fayose’s thugs invaded the court to disrupt proceedings in the perjury case. They looked on when judges, lawyers and other court officials were beaten in the court premises while thugs broke into the office of the Chief Judge to tear court records.”
The opposition party said it had it on good authority that Mr. Fayose specifically requested the police authorities in Abuja to post back to Ekiti all the policemen that he used to terrorise Ekiti people during his first tempestuous term.
It named one of the police officers as “alias Shaba,” who is allegedly in town working for the governor.
The party said security operatives clad in black on Saturday night visited the home of the Deputy Speaker, Adetunji Orisalade, in Ilogbo-Ekiti, asking for his whereabouts.
“At Ikere-Ekiti, the same gang in a black jeep with its number plate covered visited the homes of the two lawmakers representing Ikere Local Government, Hon Sunday Adu Clement and Hon Yomi Daramola. Sunday morning, we got several reports from each of the 19 Honourable members about similar threats to their lives,” the party said.
The APC claimed that everyone knows that Mr. Fayose is planning to do what he is accusing the opposition of. It wondered why a governor would ask the APC lawmakers to return to Ekiti to cooperate in the state’s development while at the same time he is laying landmines on their way.
“As we speak, the PDP thugs are under the tree close to a police post within the Assembly Complex smoking Indian Hemp but the police and DSS are doing nothing about it.”
The party urged the police to live up to its constitutional responsibility of providing security instead of helping to turn Nigeria into a killing field.