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OYO ASSEMBLY CRISIS: AC ACCUSES POLICE OF COMPLICITY

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The Oyo State chapter of the Action Congress(AC) yesterday condemned in strong terms, the attitude of the state police command, under the leadership of Alhaji Bola Adisa Bolanta over its role in the crisis rocking the Oyo State House of Assembly.

AC said the 'undue preference' accorded suspected members of the state chapter of National Union of Road Transport Workers Union (N.U.R.T.W) by the state police command who allegedly stormed the State House of Assembly in an 'uncivilized and barbaric manner,' was uncalled for.

The party added that politicall-motivated attacks on perceived oppositions to Governor Alao Akala's administration in Oyo State were becoming rampant and wondered why the police was doing nothing to arrest the ugly situation.

According to a statement by the party's Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Wasiu Adewale, AC stated 'this condemnation was necessary due to the way the Oyo State command is allowing hoodlums to attack people with impunity. Among the several attacks in recent times were the ones meted out to Chief Peter Odetomi, a chieftain of the party in the state and an indigene of Ogbomosho, the same town Governor Alao Akala hails from.'

'This only confirmed an earlier fear which we raised in December that the People's Democratic Party (PDP)'s controlled government in the state had concluded plans to attack perceived oppositions by the end of the first quarter of the year. And this has manifested in different forms since the beginning of the second quarter'

The party queried why the police boss had failed to arrest the culprits behind the various attacks in the state despite Bolanta himself alleging that members of the state branch of N.U.R.T.W were behind some of the crises in the state.

The party said, 'if the statement credited to the state Commissioner of Police, Adisa Bolanle which confirmed that members of the state branch of N.U.R.T.W were behind some of the crises in the state, was anything to go by, then the question on the lips of people is: What stops the police boss from arresting those culprits and make them face the full wrath of law, if he has not compromised the ethics of his profession?'

'How long are we going to close our eyes when well meaning people are attacked without having any respect for sanctity for human lives.'

The party then called on President Goodluck Jonathan and Inspector General of Police, Onoro, to probe into incessant attacks on well meaning people in the state with a view of bringing to book the masterminds of the orchestrated attacks and their collaborators.