OVER one thousand members of the Action Congress in Ekiti State last week stormed Ekiti Police Headquarters in protest against an alleged partisan role of Ekiti’s Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Ola, who was alleged to have clamped many AC members and supporters in detention.
The protesters, numbering about a thousand, were led by the state Chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe, demanding the release of the party members, who were politically and illegally incarcerated without trial.
The protesters wondered why Ekiti State Police Command should become a willing tool of in the hands of Ekiti PDP, playing more politics than Mr. Segun Oni, the erstwhile governor of the state.
Awe then revealed in his address to policemen, journalists and party supporters at the police headquarters that the actions of Ekiti police had lent credence to the rumours that the PDP would use the command to hunt political opponents as a prelude to the rigging of impending re-run election.
Even the thugs that were used by Mr. Sikiru Lawal to shoot at Ijan-Ekiti or scatter AC’s rally at Ise-Ekiti are still moving freely on the streets of Ekiti State.
“Despite the loss of life at Oye Ekiti due to the sordid activities of Senator Ayo Arise’s roughnecks, the State Police Command has maintained a blind eye to the nefarious activities of the PDP”, the AC protesters lamented.
The AC supporters thus promised to call back at the police command en masse and surrender themselves for detention, if the command does not change its hostile stance against the AC leaders and supporters.
The AC protesters stated that there are more than 10 AC members languishing in the police detention across the state.
“Curiously, no PDP member had been invited, questioned, interrogated or arrested despite the fact that they were the agent provocateurs”, the party further alleged.
Awe called on well-meaning Nigerians to call Ola to order in order to save Ekiti from avoidable holocaust.
By SOLA OYINLOYE, Ekiti