Osun PDP Alleges Unlawful Arrest Of Members By Police As Elections Draws Closer

National chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun has given Olawale Olokode, the state’s commissioner of police, 24 hours to publicly explain why it is believed that it wrongfully detained and arrested some of its members.

Akindele Adekunle, the party’s caretaker committee chairman, said in a statement on Saturday, July 2, that the party has been demanding from the police a public justification for the mass arrests of PDP members for a few days.

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Adekunle charged that Remi Omowaye, the commissioner of works and transport for the Osun State, had sent police officers to the residences of PDP members in several local governments in the state in order to forcibly detain them without justification.

He added that operatives of the police were reported to have invaded private homes of the PDP members in Ijebu-Ijesa and Eti Oni in Oriade and Atakumosa East local governments.

The party alleged that the police were carrying out the arrest in the dead of night, “sporadic gunshots, thereby subjecting the victims and their relatives to unnecessary psychological trauma.

“This is the height of abuse of office by the cabinet member of Gboyega Oyetola’s government and acutely unprofessional on the part of the police for making themselves available for unjust harassment of citizens they are being paid to protect.”

The PDP also accused operatives of the South West Security Network, code name Amotekun of becoming another tool for harassing the people of the state as according to him against the primary objective for which it was established.

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