Osun 2018: PDP kicks over arrest of chieftain; police give reason

Osun 2018: PDP kicks over arrest of chieftain; police give reason

- The PDP in Osun has reacted to the arrest of one of its top members, Oladimeji, by the police

- The opposition said that Oladimeji was on his way to treat one of its stalwarts, Alhaji Fatai Diekola who had been detained by policemen

- In response to PDP's claim, the police said that the detectives arrested Oladimeji in a bid to confirm reports that he was attempting to purchase PVCs from some residents in the state

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the police's arrest of a doctor who went to treat one of its leaders in Osun.

The opposition party in Osun had claimed that its chairman publicity committee, has been arrested just when the rerun governorship polls scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is less than 24 hours away, Premium Times reports.

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Commenting on the development, Adeleke’s campaign organisation said: “Mr Oladimeji, a reputable medical doctor had gone to conduct medical check on Alhaji Fatai Diekola who was detained by police on trumped up charges for the past three days.

“After the medical examination, Oladimeji made to leave but (the) police personnel stopped him and declared that the police service has instruction to arrest him. He has since been detained without any access.

“The arrest this morning marked a continuation of ongoing clampdown on PDP leaders ahead of tomorrow’s supplementary poll.”

Senator Adeleke's campaign organisation claimed that democracy is under threat in Nigeria. It asserted: “We alert local and international audience to (the) ongoing attacks and arrests of PDP leaders. Democracy is under threat.

"We demand (the) immediate release of all detained PDP leaders. It is unconstitutional and immoral for security agencies to become tool of political persecution.”

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However, the police spokesperson in the state, Folasade Odoro, said that detectives are only investigating claims that Fatai Diekola, based on unconfirmed report, was caught while trying to purchase PVCs from residents in Alekuwodo, a densely populated in Osogbo, the state capital.

Odoro further said: “If he was caught with PVCs, at the conclusion of investigation, a statement will definitely be issued.”

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that reports claimed that an Osogbo high court on Wednesday, September 26, charged Nigerian Police Force (NPF) to release Diekola and two others from detention.

Legit.ng gathered that the charge was given by Justice A.O Ayoola following an application filed on behalf of Diekola, Sikiru Lawal and Segun Adekilekun.

The reports also had it that a certified true copy of the order, was in Osogbo, made available by a former commissioner of information, Sunday Akere, who is Diekola’s friend.

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Source: Legit.ng

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