The Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate in Osun State, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has called
on the Inspector-General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro to investigate what he called the recent illegal clampdown on two Akere AC leaders in the state, Chief Layi Oyeduntan and Mr. Sunday Akere.
Aregbesola, in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Gbenga Fayemiwo said that the way and manner the arrest was carried out suspected a premeditated assassination of the leaders of the party by the police team led by DSP Adekunle Ayuba that carried out the operation.
According to him, the arrest of Oyeduntan and Akere was an afterthought to hoodwink the public and deflect attention away from what he termed the annihilation plans of DSP Ayuba.
The AC candidate queried the police team led by Ayuba on why it went to carry out Oyeduntan’s arrest under the cover of the night “like it was done in the killing of Chief Bola Ige.”
The statement read: “When the team got to, Osogbo home of Oyeduntan, all of them wore mufti without carrying any identification tags which could show they were officers of the law.
“In a nation where top citizens like Chief Bola Ige, Alfred Ogbeyiwa Ruwane, and Harry Marshall had been killed by men in mufti and operating in private vehicles, the team led by DSP Adekunle Ayuba did not operate like trained investigators.
“Why did DSP Ayuba kill Oyeduntan’s dog? Why did the team go to carry out Oyeduntan’s arrest under the cover of the night like it was done in the killing of Bola Ige? Why did the police who knew Oyeduntan’s telephone number refused to invite him to come on his own to the police headquarters as a former public officer? Aregbeosla queried.
“The arrest became the tool that DSP Ayuba and his sponsors relied upon to cover their tracks, as soon as they saw Oyeduntan’s neighbours gathering to behold the conduct of the gunmen. Were the neighbours not restrained, the conduct of DSP Ayuba would have led to a serious blood-bath as they were mistaken for armed robbers, attempting to rob one of their own, who had made distressed calls to them for assistance.
“DSP Ayuba will have to explain why he shot Oyeduntan’s Alsatian dog in such a ruthless manner suggesting a premeditated assassination plan? It must be of interest for the IGP to know the plan at the back of the mind of this police officer, whose loyalty to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and not Nigerians is indubitable.
“The truth is that the Force Headquarters of the Nigeria Police had earlier this year, taken over the case file of the June 14, 2007 explosion at the state secretariat, Abere. It is curious to learn that Ayuba has been operating like a law unto himself in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“An investigation that has taken a partisan direction can only lead to the loss of respect of the ordinary members of the public, who are relied upon by the law enforcement agents for the success of their enterprises.
“We cannot keep quite in the face of plans to eliminate the leading light of the AC in Osun by a regime that has found a useful tool in a mis-advised police officer under the guise of investigating an explosion,” Aregbesola stated.