The Ogun State Police Command has listed reasons why the deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri was detained.
It stated rumour making the rounds that his arrest was orchestrated by the Secretary to the State Government was far from the truth.
In a statement released by the Command through the state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi said the on the 20th February, the Command received complaints from no fewer than three persons of attacks and vandalisation of their homes by some people allegedly led by Oludare Kadiri.
The statement read in part, “In as much as the command will not want to be dragged into whatever political difference that may be existing between the deputy speaker and the Secretary to the State Government, there is need to make the fact of the case known to members of the public at least, for clarity purpose.
On the 20th of February 2021, the command received a complaint from one Mrs. Olabode Adegbesan of No. 6 Ayegbami Street, Awa ijebu who reported at Awa ijebu police station that, while she was at home at about 12noon, some people led by the Deputy speaker invaded their home, throwing stone into the house and calling out her husband Hon. K. Adegbesan to come out to be dealt with.
In the process, the hoodlums vandalized the window glasses of the house before they left with threat to come back with more violence.
“Not quite an hour after the first report, one comrade Akeem Temitope Akilo also came to report that, he was at the house of the SSG’s father when the deputy speaker led some people to the house at about 12.55 pm, vandalized the window glasses and removed the APC flag hoisted therein and took it away.
‘Also, at about 1.30pm of the same day, one Otunba Adetohun Oduwole reported that the same deputy speaker Hon.Oludare Kadiri led some thugs to her house and destroyed the front door of the house as well as window glasses before they left.
While investigation into all the reports was going on, one Hon. Yinusa Adekunle reported that the register being used for the All Progressives Congress registration exercise has been forcefully seized by one Hon. Abagun Yinusa.
“This prompted the Divisional Police Officer Awa ijebu to visit the house of the said Hon.Abagun for the purpose of recovering the seized register.
“On getting their, the deputy speaker arrived the scene with about 20 men in two buses and descended heavily on the complainant, Yinusa Adekunle, beat him mercilessly and almost killed him.
“It took the policemen who were also held hostage hours before they were able to rescue the victim and escaped from the scene.
“It was on the basis of all these criminal allegations backed with a written petition which was endorsed to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department that the deputy speaker was invited for questioning.”
Oyeyemi said preliminary investigation so far revealed that the deputy speaker “is culpable in all the allegations hence his detention.”
He added however that “it is therefore a thing of surprise that the deputy speaker is trying to change the narrative in order to whip up sentiments and portray the police as acting to the dictate of the Secretary to the State Government.”
He stated further that “It is quite unfortunate that a serious criminal allegation is being downplayed as a mere political vendetta.”
Oyeyemi who noted that the law was no respecter of persons, said the command was not in any way sympathetic to any political party or group but rather a law enforcement agency committed to securing life and property of all, regardless of status.”