The police command in Ogun on Saturday said that the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, Dare Kadiri, was arrested and detained based on criminal allegations and written petitions received by the command against him
Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) , stated this in a statement issued in Abeokuta.
OgunToday reports that the deputy speaker was arrested and detained on Friday evening over allegation of misconduct in his constituency in Ijebu North local government area of the state.
Oyeyemi said that the attention of the police was drawn to a twist of the fact behind the arrest of the deputy speaker, in which the the deputy speaker was alleging that the Secretary to State Government , Tokunbo Talabi, Orchestrated his arrest.
“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 SSG, there is need to make the fact of the case known to members of the public at least, for clarity purpose.
“On February 20, 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 to come out to be dealt with.
“In the process, the hoodlums vandalised 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 Akeem 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 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 Yinusa Adekunle reported that the register being used for the APC registration exercise has been forcefully seized by one Hon. Abagun Yinusa.
“This prompted the D.P.O 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,” the PPRO said.
Oyeyemi explained that 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.
He stated that preliminary investigation revealed that the deputy speaker was culpable in all the allegations hence his detention.
“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.
“It is quite unfortunate that a serious criminal allegation is being downplayed as a mere political vendetta,” he said.
He warned that the law does not respect anybody, saying that anyone who ran foul of the law would be decisively dealt with.