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Five PDP Leaders Arrested Over Murder Of Party Chieftain

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The Lagos State Police Command, on Sunday, said it has detained for interrogation five chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

The party leaders are being detained over the killing of one Mr. Borishade Adeniyi, chairman, PDP Apapa chapter.

The arrest was confirmed by the command’s spokesman, CSP Chike Oti in a statement, stressing that what was supposed to be a peaceful political meeting of PDP members ended in “unnecessary bloodletting.”

“In a swift reaction, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Imohimi Edgal, directed the Area Commander in charge of Area ‘J’ Elemoro, to ensure the arrest of all suspects.

“Pursuant to the directive, five of the principal suspects were arrested, viz: chapter chairman, Eti-Osa LG, Engr. Kehinde Fasasi; PDP chapter chairman, Lagos Island LG, Mr. Rotimi Kujore; PDP chapter chairman, Mushin LG, Alhaji Fatai Adele; PDP chapter chairman, Amuwo Odofin LG, Mr. Ismail Abiola; and PDP chapter chairman, Surulere LG, Dr. Amos Alabi Fawole,” he said.

Oti said that the five suspects have been transferred to SCIID, Panti, for further investigation.

He stated that the incident took place on Saturday at about 6 p.m. during the Lagos State PDP Visitation meeting at Igbosuku Village, Eti-Osa LGA, attended by party chairmen in Lagos State and local government areas.

Oti noted, however, that towards the end of the meeting, fracas broke out between contending factions of the party; with one faction supporting the State Chairman, Mr. Moshood Sabadon; and the other supporting the Eti-Osa LG Chapter Chairman, Engr. Kehinde Fasasi.

Oti said during the fracas, the deceased, recognised also as the doyen of PDP LG chapter chairmen in Lagos State, was allegedly shot and injured on the leg.

“He was rushed to First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos, where he was treated but eventually died. Corpse of the deceased is deposited in the hospital mortuary.

“Two other persons allegedly injured during the clash are also receiving treatment in a hospital in Ajah,” Oti said

The spokesman said CP Edgal was worried about the use of firearms and the frequency of violence involving the PDP in the state, warning that no political party will be allowed to truncate the peace in the state.

“He (CP Edgal) therefore calls on all political parties in Lagos to disarm their members, as nobody without necessary authorisation is permitted to bear firearms.

“He said that henceforth, political party leaders will be liable,” Oti revealed.

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