Governor Fayose, Ekiti Police Commissioner Clash
Tension is brewing between the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele fayose and the state Commissioner Of Police, Abdullahi Chafe over an alleged plan by the police to shield a killer Customs officer.
Bounce News learnt that the Customs officer rammed his car into a shop in Ayetoro-Ekiti, killing two people; Emmanuel Owaremi and Mrs. Titilayo Omotoso on the spot.
Some other people sustained injuries.
One of the victims, Bukola Aboko, is said to have lost her five months pregnancy.
The police were accused of releasing the man and the woman who were the occupants of the car without charging them to court - a development which forced the aggrieved residents to storm the police station and demanded that they be re-arrested and prosecuted.
To worsen the situation, some among the family members of the victims were arrested by the police and charged to court for breaching public peace and for allegedly attacking the police station.
The family members on Wednesday took their protest to the Government House in Ado Ekiti where a spokesperson for the two families, Adeola Abiodun, said the police withheld the remains of the victims and forced the family members to withdraw the interest in pursuing the case in court before securing the bodies for burial.
Governor Ayo Fayose, who addressed journalists after the protest, said he was saddened by the weighty allegations against the police and expressed displeasure that the Commissioner of Police could not give a satisfactory answer when he was confronted with facts.
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"I am saddened by the development. Those who are supposed to protect us shouldn’t oppress us. When people face this kind of trauma, this kind of sad experience, the killing of the breadwinner, husbands and for any reason, a right-thinking person should not cover it up.
“We must stand up against it. These people must get justice. I have summoned the Commissioner of Police, but I was not satisfied with what he said.
“There is a cover up somewhere. It is becoming a recurrent decimal. The police must wash their hands clean in respect of this particular mess.”
The Ekiti state governor also expressed surprise at the decision of the police to withdraw its officers from the town as a result of the incident.
"How can you say because the people of the town reacted to what you did, you now withdrew your men and rendered the town insecure.
“A man killed two of their family members, rather than charging the suspects to court, the police charged the family members of the deceased to court.
“I want to assure Ekiti people that we will get to the root of the matter. For anyone to make attempt to cover this up, well it would only be for a very short time.
“You can see the young lady, who was also hit by the car. She was pregnant and the foetus had to be evacuated to save her life so, for the police to release the suspect who drove the car is unacceptable,” he declared.
However, while reacting to the issue via the telephone, CP Chafe denied the allegations, claiming there was never an attempt to shield the killer officer.
"No one can prove yet that the Customs officer was drunk. The car that hit the deceased could just be an accident and we had to rescue the Customs officer from being lynched by the angry mob.
“The mob attacked our police station and beat up the officers so that was why I withdrew the policemen from the town as their life was no longer safe.
"We also had to grant the man bail because that was legal. You should make a trip to Ayetoro and assess what was done before coming back to me for the full details regarding the issue,” he said.