… Says police harass members for false accusations
By Olayinka Ajayi
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over the unjust arrest and assault of its member, engineer Abdul Ganiyu, by security officials in Okpella for what the party described as unfounded accusations made against him by the PPD.
The APC claims that engineer Abdul Ganiyu and members of his family suffered inhumane treatment at the hands of security agents who acted on false accusations made against him by members of the PPD.
In a statement, APC media campaign council chairman John Mayaki said it is regrettable that the police continue to fall prey to the antics of the PDP, which he says is in the habit of blaming others for the orchestrated violence. .
“Engineer Abdul Ganiyu and members of his family were on their way home when they were detained and assaulted by security officers acting on a false lead from Governor Godwin Obaseki, his deputy Philip Shaibu and members of the PDP.
“These PPD members, working in collusion with the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, had characteristically fomented trouble in Okpella, but maintained their usual antics of blaming others for the violence with a quick emergency call to the police. , demanding the arrest of engineer Abdul Ganiyu.
“The expectation is that the Police would treat such accusations with the utmost caution and at least maintain the presumption of innocence, but we were surprised to learn of the brutalization of engineer Abdul Ganiyu and innocent members of his family.
“After the illegal assault, the cars in which they were traveling, which according to the members of the PDP were full of weapons, were searched and nothing incriminating was found in them. However, the police proceeded to deny engineer Abdul Ganiyu his release, clinging to the words of a partial party as evidence of wrongdoing. Certainly this is a perversion of justice and an unfortunate tendency that we will no longer tolerate.
“We know that the governor and his deputy have increased pressure on the police to turn a blind eye as their armed thugs wreak havoc, but routinely harass and lock up those suspected of being APC loyalists in hopes of decimating our support. base and driving our supporters out of the state.
“But we had the hope that the Police would exercise their right and independence to act in accordance with the law and its well-known ethical guidelines of fairness for all and commitment to justice. However, we are concerned about recent events.
“We demand the immediate release of engineer Abdul Ganiyu and urge the Police to act on all requests that we have sent them with evidence of violence sponsored and carried out by the PDP and its army of recruited thugs.”