- Ekiti state has witnessed unprecedented violence in the last 24 hours and this has raised concerns in the polity
- The state has been under siege by security agents drafted to maintain peace
- The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has officially responded to the alleged threats posed by the security agencies
The national leadership of the PDP has directed its state executive committee members, leaders and stakeholders to march peacefully along the streets in protest to the state police commands in their domain nationwide.
The protest according to the party is to make clear its misgivings at what it labeled “the police brutality” in Ekiti state on Wednesday, July 12, which led to Governor Ayo Fayose being allegedly manhandled by the police.
In a late statement issued by the party's national organising secretary, Colonel Austin Akobundu (rtd), the party tasked all state chapters to deliver a protest letter to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris through their respective commissioners of police.
Part of the statement read: “The National Working Committee (NWC) has directed that all state chairmen mobilize former NWC members, Board of Trustees, BoT members, former governors, all state exco members, exco members of the party at all levels and stakeholders with our teaming supporters, to embark on peaceful procession to the state police command in their respective states to protest the police brutality that happened today (yesterday) in Ekiti state.
“The protest march must begin by 10am simultaneously across the nation. All state chapters are to deliver a protest letter to the Inspector General Of Police through the commissioner of police.”
Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, on Tuesday, July 10, said the 30,000 police personnel deployed to Ekiti state for the July 14 governorship election was unacceptable.
Na’Allah, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator from Kebbi state wondered why large number of policemen should be deployed for an election when the authorities could not deploy 10,000 policemen to secure the lives of people in Zamfara state, who have been attacked by bandits in recent times.
The senator, who was speaking while leading the debate on his bill that sought to repeal the Police Act and re-enact the Police Reform, said such action was not part of the APC manifesto.
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