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Police allegedly arrest officer, politician behind Ekiti shooting

Police allegedly arrest officer, politician behind Ekiti shooting

Police allegedly arrest politician behind Ekiti shooting

- The police has reportedly arrested a politician and a police officer over a recent shooting in Ekiti

- The police referred to the shooting where three people are wounded as an 'accidental discharge'

The Nigeria Police Force has reportedly arrested a police officer and a politician for the shooting of Opeyemi Bamidele, a former member of the house of representatives and two others during a reception party for Kayode Fayemi in Ekiti state.

The police spokesperson, Caleb Ikechukwu during a press briefing reportedly said that a politician masterminded the shooting.

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The Cable reports that Ikechukwu said the politician, who has also been arrested conspired with the policeman to carry out the act.

The policeman, he said, was posted to a bank in Lagos but travelled to Ekiti for an “illegal duty”.

He said: “At about 17:00 hours, a policeman who accidentally shot Opeyemi Bamidele and one other has been arrested. The policeman is in our custody now.

“He is attached to 20 police mobile force (PMF) in Ikeja Lagos. He left where he was posted on bank guard duty somewhere in Ikeja for illegal duty in Ekiti state.

“A politician conspired with the policeman and removed him from where he was posted in Lagos and both came to Ekiti for unofficial reasons. The politician has also been arrested.

“The victims of the accidental discharge are currently responding to treatment at the hospital, and also the policeman who was mobbed is also responding to treatment in our protective custody.”

The police PRO said he can’t disclose the identity of the politician as investigations are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the APC publicity secretary in Ekiti state, Taiwo Olatunbosun, has accused Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti governor, of ordering the attac at the rally.

Olatunbosun said: “It was a smooth ride from Akure Airport to Ikere-Ekiti where thousands of supporters came out to give him a rousing welcome.

“Ikere-Ekiti journey to Ado-Ekiti, a distance of about nine kilometres, lasted two hours in a heavy traffic that was punctuated by four gunmen suspected to be agents of the state government who strategically positioned themselves at the party’s secretariat in Ado-Ekiti for the attack."

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We earlier reported that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has reacted to the shooting during the takeoff campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Kayode Fayemi.

Fayose toom to Twitter to sympathise with the victims of the shooting who receiving treatment at the State University Teaching Hospital.

He said he had directed adequate treatment of the injured ones. He also claimed the desperation of Fayemi to become governor of the state was responsible for the mayhem.

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