Ooni Condemns Police Siege in Ekiti

The Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II says he is unhappy about the happenings in Ekiti as the state prepares for the July 14 governorship elections.

The revered monarch said this while hosting the British High-Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright at his palace in Ile-Ife in Osun State. He also called for an end to crisis and violence.

“What I heard happening in Ekiti State during this electioneering period does not make me happy as their father. Enough of crisis, we do not want any crisis in Yorubaland. Where there is violence, progress and tranquillity will be deprived, but where there is peace, there is progress.

“I specifically warn all youths in Ekiti state to maintain peaceful coexistence before, during and after the election, as brighter future awaits them if they productively discover themselves,” Ooni said.

The British envoy, Paul Arkwright who is also the United Kingdom Chief Observer to Nigeria on the Ekiti gubernatorial election also joined voices with the Ooni and called for free, fair, credible and peaceful election in Ekiti State on Saturday.

In extraordinary scenes Wednesday, policemen dispersed supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the popular Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti while they were holding a rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.

The State governor, Ayodele Fayose later accused policemen of beating and brutalising PDP supporters in the state.

But the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Habila Joshak in reaction dismissed th claims, saying the police only carried out their duty of preventing law and order in the area.

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