Thugs allegedly loyal to the Chairman of Amuwo Local Government chairman, Comrade Valentine Buraimoh, were said to have allegedly disrupted primary elections on Thursday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) attempted to elect flag bearers for the Senatorial and House of Representatives elections for 2019.
Recounting his ordeal, one of the victims of the attack and Chairman, House Committee on Legislative matters, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Hon. Adewunmi Ogunshina, a counselor representing Ward K, stated that a staff of the local government who functions as clerical staff, Mr. Peter Okoli, was the one who brought in ‘hoodlums’ to the voting centre, and even made them to ‘cast votes unlawfully’ while not allowing others to cast theirs.
Hear him: “We were waiting to cast our votes when a clerical officer, Peter Okoli, brough inn hoodlums who cast their votes even unlawfully and prevented others of casting theirs. When we tried to protest, they turned on us, punching my personal assistant, Mrs Ijeoma Mouzie repeatedly. My wife was also beaten and hospitalised.
“They went ahead to beat members of the public who were recording the activities even as the Police who were there to prevent unlawful occurrence looked the other way and did nothing.
“But the police shocked everyone when they arrested those who were recording what was happening instead of the hoodlums that were terrorising everyone. Innocent people were arrested and taken to CIB Panti for doing next to nothing.”
Hon. Ogunshina thereby called on the Commissioner of Police and the state and federal government to look into the matter and ensure that justice is served and those who have committed offence be punished.
Investigation reveals that the council boss, Comrade Buraimoh, prefers the emergence of Hon. Risikat Adegeye among the APC aspirants for the House of Representatives for Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, and had used every means to get her the ticket.
It was also said that the thugs led by one Ikomodina, who is also the head of National Union of Road Workers in Mile 2, unleashed more attacks in A ward of Amuwo Odofin LG. Unconfirmed report suggests that one of the victims, who sustained machete cuts died in the hospital a day after.
When The Boss contacted The Area E Commander, FESTAC, ACP Yusuf and DCO, FESTAC Police Station, SP Onyeagwu Akandu, on phone for updates on the matter, both men declined comments instructing our correspondent to come to the station for details. Also calls put through to the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, and DCP Mohammed Ali of the Operations Unit, were not answered.
Efforts also made to speak with the local government chairman, Comrade Buraimoh, proved abortive as he did not pick his calls even as his phone rang out.