…. Harps On More Drastic Measures Against Criminals And Their Sponsors*

The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has asked police authorities to bring to bear, their professional skills in scaling down activities of some criminal elements disguising as leaders of society in Osun State.

The call was contained in a statement by the Osun state chapter of the PDP and signed by its Caretaker Committee Chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle on Monday commending the authorities of the Nigerian police over the arrest of the Osun East Apc Senatorial Candidate, Engr Ajibola Famurewa on allegation bordering on gun running and sponsorship of armed gangs in the state.

Famurewa was said to have been picked up after he was fingered by one Carlos, as the person who procured the firearms found in his possession by detectives from the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) of the Nigerian Police.

Carlos we would recall, had earlier been arrested and was being investigated by the police.

Arrest of Famurewa, according to Dr Akindele, was a clear vindication of PDP stance that every individual being profiled for criminal activities in Osun State today is one graduate of Apc school of political hooliganism or killer squad.

The PDP enjoined officers of the Nigerian Police to be thorough with their investigation and drilling of Famurewa and immediately prosecute him in line with the laws of the land. Doing so in the opinion of the ruling party, will serve as deterrent to other Apc war mongers, who have vowed to disrupt the peace of the state after losing out in their bid to force themselves down the throat of the electorate in the last governorship contest.

The ruling party has always made several appeals to security agencies on the need to checkmate Famurewa over his niche for violence in Ijesa axis of the state especially. He is said to be the brain behind several armed gangs in Ijesa zone of the state. These armed groups according to reports, were either carved out of the notorious reign of ‘state boys’ during Apc inglorious administration or other established cultists which he personally financed.

While expressing confidence in the capacity of security agencies to bring down the roof of violence being mounted by the defeated Apc in the state, the PDP called on the Inspector General of Police to further prove his professional mettle by impressing it on his officers not to allow themselves to be compromised by some desperate and corrupt politicians in the course of discharge of their duties.

The admonition is sequel to insinuation making the rounds that a top officer in the FCIID, Alagbon in Lagos for obvious reasons, has been enlisted by the APC to use his privileged office to always invade Osun State in company of Apc leaders to cause arrest of innocent individuals sympathetic to PDP while looking away from activities of real criminals in Apc.

One of such absurd arrests was a member of our party who was hounded in Osogbo, by operatives from the FCIID Alagbon, shortly after the last gubernatorial election in the state. The arrested individual was then video taped while being cruelly tortured in motion and the clip immediately made available to Apc members to prey on, thereby painting him as a criminal without any just cause. This to us was not professional enough and should not be made to repeat itself, not when the state is not without a command of the Nigerian Police.

The PDP chairman emphasized the need for the Inspector General of Police to beam his searchlight on APC stalwarts in the state, who are doing everything in their frustration to destabilize the state after being overwhelmingly rejected by the good people of Osun State.

Dr Akindele Adekunle
Osun State PDP Caretaker Committee Chairman



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