Security forces appeared to have intensified their harassment of Osun citizens by interfering with movement of people in cities and towns in the state.
They have also started arresting targeted individuals and leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). One of such persons arrested was Hon. Yemi Oke, a leader of APC in Obokun Local Governmenet area who was arrested by “special forces” from Abuja led by local PDP leaders at about 2.30 am Monday, 4th August, 2014, a clear replication of what happened in Ekiti in June.
Early in the morning of Monday, 4th August, 2014, security operatives created panic through rigorous searches in Osogbo and Ilesha causing traffic to crawl for hours before relenting as the afternoon approached.
Convoys of strange-looking people believed to be militants from Bayelsa and other Niger Delta states have been moving in and out of Ilesha escorted by branded vehicles of Omisore campaign organisation.
Speculation is rife that the security services may be rehearsing a lock-down of Osogbo and other cities on Tuesday, 5th August, 2014, in what we have been informed is a desperate bid to whittle down the massive numbers of supporters expected at the final mega rally of the APC.
Also it was alleged that the PDP will use the security forces on Thursday to cause mayhem in Ede and Ilesha respectively.
But the APC has warned that the security services should not give the impression that they are being partisan in favor of the PDP because it did everything it could to promote full attendance at PDP rally on Saturday, 2nd August, 2014.
A statement by Osun APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, stated that, “there is therefore no excuse Tuesday to have any reason whatsoever to disturb APC’s rally under the pretext of security concerns. If it does, it will lose public confidence as a national institution designed to maintain peace and protect citizens”.
The APC urged the security services to prove to the people that they are not in Osun to do a hatchet man’s job for the PDP that is madly desperate to snatch power in the state.
“ It is in the national interest that our security agencies resist the temptation to be abused and misused by greedy and desperate politicians to violate constitutional rights of the people to freedom of movement,assembly and the choice of who their leaders should be,” the party said.