Legal Nigeria

Police arrest Senator’s aides over attack at Ekiti tribunal

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested two loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in connection with the recent violence which rocked the premises of the election petitions tribunal sitting at the State High Court complex in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
They are undergoing interrogation over their alleged complicity in the attack on some witnesses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who were in court to give evidence in the petition filed by their party’s senatorial candidate in Ekiti Central, Gbenga Olofin.
Olofin is challenging the declaration of the PDP candidate, Senator Fatimat Rasaki, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the election conducted in the five local government areas that make up the senatorial district.
It will be recalled that suspected thugs unleashed terror on the APC witnesses and members present at the tribunal hearing on June 30 shortly after Olofin closed his case.
Their action drew the ire of the three-man panel of judges led by Justice A.N. Erabor who summoned the senator to their chambers and reportedly warned her to caution her supporters against committing contempt of court.
The Nation gathered on Monday that two prominent supporters of Rasaki believed to be arrowheads of the attacks were arrested at different locations in Ado Ekiti on Friday to state all they know on their alleged involvement in the mayhem.
Those arrested are – Ibukun Ayodele, who is Rasaki’s campaign coordinator in Igede Ekiti and Mrs. Bosede Adeleke popularly known as Awodama, who is her anchorwoman in Ado Ekiti.
While Ayodele was arrested in his house along Nova Road in Ado Ekiti on Friday at about 6.00pm, Adeleke was also picked up at another location in the state capital at about 7.00am.