The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State for allegedly instigating the arrest and detention of 18 members of the opposition and students of the state-owned Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Saapade.

The party claimed that its members were rounded up and whisked away in Isara-Remo by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) while breaking the Ramadan fast with a member of the House of Assembly, Adebiyi Adeleye, at his constituency office on Odemo Road.

But the government said it had no hand in the plight of the suspects.

Addressing reporters at the PDP Legacy House in Onikolobo, Abeokuta, the state’s factional PDP Chairman Sikirulahi Ogundele said the 18 suspects were arrested on Monday alongside the lawmaker representing Remo North State Constituency.

Ogundele accused Governor Amosun of masterminding the arrest, saying it was because the suspects dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP in Remo Local Government Area.

The PDP’s factional chairman described the action of Amosun as undemocratic and an arbitrary use of power in desperation to clamp down on members of the opposition ahead of next year’s general elections.

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Ogundele said the PDP in Ogun State would not hesitate to approach the court, if the detained members are not released soon.

He added: “This is an embarrassment to the way political leaders had always conducted their affairs in the state. It is a dent on the image of the state to have detained a sitting lawmaker for about 48 hours.

“And for over 72 hours now, 18 persons who are members of the PDP and some students of the Gateway Polytechnic at Sapade are still in detention at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad cells at Magbon in Abeokuta.

“They were arrested on June 4; and up till now, they have not been released.

“I have met Police Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu over the matter. He directed me to meet the officer-in-charge of SARS at Magbon. When I met him, he said they (victims) would be released on June 6. That never happened. But it was later I started hearing that they were acting on orders from above.”

But Amosu, who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Taiwo Adeoluwa, said he had no issue with anybody and is not aware of the incident.

“As a government, we have no issue with anybody. We are not even aware anybody is detained anywhere. Whether anybody decamped yesterday or today, I’m not aware,” Adeoluwa said

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