Security Operatives Embark on Indiscriminate Arrest of APC Leaders, Fayemi’s Supporters in Ekiti State
A joint teams of security operatives comprising the army, mobile police and State Security Services (SSS) on Friday night embarked on the indiscriminate arrest and terrorization of prominent members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ekiti State.
The action of the security agencies is coming few hours to the opening of polls for the governorship election in the state that has been heavily militarised.
A total of about 36,000 security agents comprising 12,340 regular policemen; 3170 anti-riot policemen; 4,280 soldiers; 1,800 Nigerian secret police operatives and 15,000 civil defense personnel were sent by President Goodluck Jonathan to the state.
Abusidiqu learnt that the security operatives invaded the home Director General of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s campaign organization, Bimbo Daramola to effect his arrest.
Daramola who left the premises before the invasion by soldier sent text messages saying that soldiers thoroughly harassed hi 84-year old father.
Similarly, security operatives stormed Iye Ekiti, the headquarters of Ilejemeje Local Government, picked up Mr. Olaiya Popoolati and whisked away to an unknown destination.
Another leader, Chief Kehinde Babatola who was also earmarked for arrest, had his wife picked up when he could not be found at home.
In Epe Ekiti in Moba Local Government area, the agents picked up Femi Fadare.
Also in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, 10 men who were watching the France and Switzerland World Cup encounter at Hilmat Hotel were arrested on the suspicion that they were APC members. An eye witness who saw them being taken away said the men were virtually dragged into a waiting truck.
Reacting, an APC leader in Iye Ekiti, Chief Folorunsho Olabode, described the arrests as an attempt to intimidate the people of Ekiti so that they do not exercise their civic rights tomorrow.
“We will not allow our State to be turned to a war zone,” he said. Persons being picked up indiscriminately without any offence are an attack on the generality of Ekiti people. And why would it be that these arrests are targeted at only APC members?”
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