Group, AC Condemn Osun Opposition Leaders’ Arrest

Osun State Chapter of Campaign for Democracy and Workers’ Rights (CDWR) and Action
Congress in the state have jointly berated the recent arrest of two opposition leaders in the state, saying that the arrest was questionable.

A former commissioner for Health in the state, Mr Layi Oyeduntan and AC Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere were arrested and detained at the Eagle Squad office of the state police command Ota-Efun, Osogbo, the state capital.

The two opposition leaders were arrested last weekend by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Ayuba Adekunle.

According to a press statement signed by the CDWR chairman in the state, comrade Waheed Lawal, and made available to OSUN DEFENDER last Monday, the arrest was morally wrong, stressing that the police should desist from arresting opposition leaders.

The group called for the immediate release of the detained AC chieftains, maintaining that the suspects were innocent.

It was learnt that the arrest and detention of the AC stalwarts was not be unconnected with the controversial explosion on June 14, 2007, at the state secretariat, Abere.

An impeccable source, who witnessed the arrest of Oyeduntan, last Saturday, said the armed policemen, who came to arrest the former commissioner shot sporadically when they stormed his residence.

The soruce added that Oyeduntan Alsatian dog in the compound was shot by the police, maintaining that Oyeduntan was dragged out of his room and bundled into a waiting police vehicle.

It was also gathered that Akere was arrested in his car, while driving along the road last Sunday by the same police team and was also detained at Eagle Squad, Osogbo.

Condemning the arrest, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo Media Assistant to the AC governorship candidate in the 2007 general elections, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, called on the state police authority to release the detained AC leaders. Fayemiwo stressed that the accused persons have not committed any crime to warrant their arrest.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Oyedutan and Akere from the untenable detention”, said Fayemiwo.

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