The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), has urged the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to invite and interrogate the Special Assistant to the Ekiti State governor on Public Communication and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, to shed more light on the role of his principal on the political killings that occurred in the state between 2003 and 2004.
In a petition sent to the police chief and signed by the group’s national chairman, Mr Olanrewaju Suraju, CSNAC said an alleged article written by Olayinka back in 2004 indicted Fayose of political killings.
The petition reads: In an article published in Sahara Reporters, an online newspaper on 19th July, 2016, the writer Lere Olayinka narrated how the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose waged war against his perceived political opponents in Ekiti State which led to the murder of some individuals in cold blood while others sustained injuries.
According to the article, “In Fayose’s days as governor, there was nothing like free and fair election in his electoral dictionary. Elections to him must be won by whatever means possible and that he demonstrated during the 2004 local government elections in the State, May 28, 2005 councilorship bye-election in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ekiti South Federal Constituency II bye-election among others.”
“In the case of the local government elections in Ekiti South West Local Government, which was held on April 3, 2004, Senator Olowoporoku, whose wife, Anike was the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) candidate gave the following account; “By the midnight of 2nd April, 2004 we heard that soldiers had invaded Iyin Ekiti, the home of ex-Governor Adeniyi Adebayo and had put former Governor Bola Tinubu of Lagos State and Ex-Governors Osoba of Ogun State and Niyi Adebayo of Ekiti State under arrest of no movement in and out of the compound, in a state of incommunicado.
“Thereafter, Mr Fayose in company of soldiers and mobile policemen disrupted the elections. Electoral officials who attempted to protect the ballot boxes were either beaten or shot in the legs.”
Furthermore, during the Ifaki Ward II councilorship bye-election, when Mr. Fayose sensed that his preferred candidate was losing the election, he stormed the town with thugs and mobile policemen and in a twinkling of an eye, Tunde Omojola, an in-law to Hon. Labaika Suleiman, the National Conscience Party (NCP) candidate in the election had been killed. His murder was allegedly supervised by Fayose.
“Not done with the Ifaki escapade, Fayose moved to Mugbagba, Ado-Ekiti where the Alliance for Democracy (AD) was inaugurating its Ado Local Government Executives. Fayose was personally involved in the smashing of vehicle windscreens and stealing of property, including raw cash kept in the vehicles.
“Also, other victims of electoral violence perpetrated by Fayose include Dr. Ayo Daramola, nine students of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti killed during a mere protest, the likes of Aseweje, Ben Ogundana, Dapo Osunniyi, Kamoru Folorunso, Ojo Sunday and several others were visited with terror during the 2004 local council polls in Ilawe, Ogotun and Igbara-Odo.”
CSNAC, however noted that if the issues raised is anything to go by, and Mr. Lere Olayinka, now an assistant to the alleged Gov. Fayose is still to deny authorship of the article. then Mr. Olayinka needs to be invited to assist the police in unraveling the personalities involved in these alleged crimes.
” It is settled in law that criminal matters have no expiry date. Our Governors and other elected public officers must realize that even though the immunity clause protects them as provided by the Constitution, criminal matters have no expiry date and can be reopened at any time to allow for justice to prevail.
“It is therefore important that the Police Force order that these murder cases are reopened, properly investigated, with Mr. Lere Olayinka assisting with information and the culprits punished adequately. The families of the affected victims can have justice on the deaths of their loved ones.
“CSNAC is therefore by this petition demanding that the Police invite Mr. Lershed more light into these alleged murders thereby aiding the police to conduct a thorough investigation. It is important that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts are brought to justice and quickly too. This will help in driving home the point that electoral violence has no place in our democracy,” the petition reads.