Osun Election: How Political Thugs Became 'Observers'
Lawal and his team were arrested in Osogbo on Thursday during the governorship rerun election.
The Osun state Police Command on Friday paraded them to journalists in Osogbo the state capital.
Police said that Lawal and his team were apprehended in a Toyota Highlander during a stop and search.
It would have been a routine check but police knew something was wrong when they allegedly discovered uniforms belonging to election observers in the vehicle without any proof that they were election observers.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Folasade Odoro, had disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.
“Police team on stop and search duties at Orolu; intercepted vehicles with sixteen persons on board in possession of customized INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription of “INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer,” Odoro said.
The men, however, claimed that they were professional bouncers hired by one Funsho to guard an unnamed VIP.
For what event? Lawal their leader could not answer.
How about the claim that they were caught with materials that bear the identity of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)?
Lawal suggested that all items found in the SUV were already placed there by the so-called Funso who hired them and gave them the operational vehicle.
There was also another group of men among the arrested who claimed that they were just being asked for the direction to Ifon town in Orolu Local Government when they were arrested with Lawal and his men.
The bouncers did not dispute this. They also said they did not know the men arrested along with them and this just makes the story another one to take with a pinch of salt.
While the accusations continue, it looks like the conflicting stories and puzzle can only be solved by the arrest of Lawal's friend, Funso who seemed to have set up the whole drama.
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