- Police have explained why Shina Peller was arrested
- Shina Peller, who is a member of House of Representatives, was arrested on Monday, December 23, by the police
- Bala Elkana, the Lagos state police public relations officer, said that Peller unlawfully invaded Maroko police station with 50 thugs
The Lagos state police command has cleared air on the arrest of a member of the House of Representatives and owner of Quilox club, Shina Peller.
Premium Times reports that the police authority said that Peller was arrested for unlawfully invading a police station in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the police said Peller mobilised 50 thugs to invade the Maroko police station around 11am on Monday, December 23, to forcefully move three vehicles that were towed from his club for obstructing traffic.
The Lagos police spokesperson, Bala Elkana, in a statement said that Peller and five thugs were arrested for the invasion.
According to the statement, police officers on traffic control along Ozumba Mbadi way, Victoria Island, sent a traffic report to Maroko police station on Sunday, December 22, that the entire road leading to the toll gate was blocked as a result of indiscriminate parking on the major road by customers of Quilox, located on 183 Ozumba Mbadi way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was reported that based on the report, the divisional police officer, Maroko informed Peller on the need to ensure that customers to his club do not block the major road to mitigate the undue hardship the obstruction is causing to other road users.
The statement read: “Police eventually cleared the traffic and the honourable member promised to keep the road free of traffic. Traffic was observed to have built up on the road again, and the police traced the cause to the club again. The situation was so bad that commuters have to resort to trekking."
"In order to decongest the traffic, officers from Maroko division were mobilised to the street, three vehicles parked on the major highway by some customers of the club, which actually caused the obstruction, were removed to the station.
“The club owner mobilised over 50 thugs around 11am and invaded the police station to forcibly move the vehicles away.”
Elkana said that the police officers that were on duty at the station sent a distress message to the state command for reinforcement, and officers from the neighbouring stations were deployed to reinforce the station.
“The Honourable member and five thugs were arrested while others scaled through the fence and escaped," he said.
The sate commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, has directed that the case should be transferred to the state criminal investigation department, Yaba, for in-depth investigation.
The police said suspects would be charged to court.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Shina Peller was detained at the Moroko police station in Lagos state.
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It was reported that Peller, who is representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, Oyo state, is the owner of a popular Lagos club, Quilox.
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