Thugs suspected to be supporters of Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, stormed some communities in Gbonyin and Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Governments on Thursday, 12th February, 2015, attacking the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and destroying billboards and posters of its candidates in the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
According to a statement by state Publicity Secretary of APC, Taiwo Olatubosun, the thugs armed with guns and machetes stormed Igbemo-Ekiti where they disrupted an ongoing APC ward meeting. A car belonging to the ward chairman was damaged while several members were attacked in an orgy of violence that lasted several minutes.
According to Olatubosun, they came back in the night unleashing fiercer violence, abducting four APC members in the process.
“They started their raids from Ijan-Ekiti where they shot sporadically into the air. Residents scampered to safety as the rampaging thugs went about destroying APC candidates’ billboard and posters.
“After Ijan-Ekiti operation, they headed for Iluomoba-Ekiti where APC ward meeting was disrupted. Billboards and posters of APC candidates, including chairs and tables used for the meeting were destroyed before moving to other communities in Gbonyin to unleash violence,” Olatubosun explained.
He added that the thugs returned to Igbemo-Ekiti at night in three Hilux vans backed by policemen shooting and destroying the billboards and posters of APC candidates, including those of Barrister Rotimi Odu, a member of the House of Assembly seeking re-election. They also visited Olatubosun and Odu’s homes.
“It was during their night visit that these men in military uniform abducted Chief Peter Akinsola a.k.a Pitoro, elder brother of the Ward Chairman, Mr. Olusola Bello, Mr. Olujimi Ogunade, and 22-year-old Adefemi Ojo. Investigation has revealed that the abducted men are illegally detained at Fayose’s task force office along Iyin road Ado Ekiti,” Olatubosun explained.
He listed PDP members seen working with the thugs as Folorunso, Niran, Basiru Ajagbemokeferi, Ropo Akosile, Tosin, alias Tosco (a notorious criminal), Dada Fagbolagun and Michael Daramola, who was the Government House driver who drove the thugs to the town.
Olatubosun added that Ajayi Temisoro was matcheted while a pharmaceutical shop belonging to an APC member, Olujimi Ogunade, was destroyed. A high Chief in the town, Chief Tunji Agamogo, the Onisara of Igbemo as well as one Ariyo Afao, a brother to Governor Fayose were seen with the thugs encouraging them and pointing to APC members houses.
The APC spokesman called on the security agencies to intervene to save the lives of abducted members while also urging the police to be even-handed in the current violence being unleashed on APC members by the governor’s thugs.