Aregbesola shielding ‘criminal’ aide from prosecution – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun state has accused the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola of preventing the cause of justice, asking him (Aregbesola) to immediately hand over one of his aides, Mr. Tunde Ajilore to police for thorough investigation over some criminalities he was alleged of.

Ajilore, a Special Adviser to Aregbesola on Forestry and Natural Resources, is wanted by the Police for allegedly leading violent attacks on some villages in Ife axis of the state.

The government official, according to a statement signed by the PDP chairman in Osun state, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, allegedly led attacks on villages such as Ife Tuntun, K.S Town, Ibehun and Idi Ahun – all located in Ife South Local Government area of the state.

The main opposition party in the state alleged Ajilore of carrying out the attacks alongside about 2,000 hoodlums on 6th April, 2018, during which three palaces, and many residential buildings were razed and properties of villagers were looted.

Buttressing its claim, Osun PDP referenced the statements credited to a traditional ruler of one of the villages attacked, Oba Taofeek Adeola Olaposi Osunmakinde, Obawure of Ife Tuntun, who spoke on behalf of Oba Timothy Adedokun Adeyera, (Ologboru of Ibehun), Ife), Oba Michael Adebayo Babatunde Awoyefa, (Onibueja 1, Ogbogbodirin of Olomidudu, Ife), Abioye Olatunbosun-Oba-elect of K.S town, Ife Tuntun; Oba Folorunso Omidiora (Gbadewolu of Oranmiyan town); Oba Adedokun Adeyera Ologbooru of Idi Ahun, who claimed that health centre, borehole, and schools were also destroyed during the attack.

Osun PDP chief said, “From what we gathered, over 2,500 people were displaced and about 30 others, said to be labourers declared missing after the attack. From our findings too, the villages are not near Government Forest Reserve. Yet Aregbesola’s aide allegedly led hoodlums there and razed them down.

“Consequent upon complaints of the villagers, the police authorities subsequently sent down their men to arrest those behind the attack and some of those fingered were picked up. But the ring leader of the attack, Mr. Tunde Ajilore is being shielded by Governor Aregbesola.

“Rather than obeying simple police invitation, Ajilore through some state counsel wrote the police authorities that he was indisposed and will only be fit enough to honour police request by July.

“The same man that claimed to be sick attended a Calisthenics display at Osogbo City Stadium a few days ago.

“We also recall how some suspected killers of Tunde Ojewale in Oba were shielded, while those convicted of the crime were released through state pardon by Governor Aregbesola.”

Adagunodo, however, urged the governor to forgive whatever ‘sins’ people residing in villages under Ile-Ife must have committed against him and stop needless attack on them, adding that the first step towards that “is to hand over Ajilore to the Police for prosecution.”

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