UNCOVERED: How Akeredolu’s Aide Victor Olabimtan Led Thugs, Policemen To Kill, Snatch Ballot Boxes During Ondo Election

Info have emerged on how the home of meeting election performed on March 9, 2019, at Oba Akoko in Akoko South West Native Authorities Space of Ondo State resulted in violence that led to the demise of seven individuals.

The Ondo State Home of Meeting election performed in Oba Akoko witnessed violence, as some youth and safety businesses within the city clashed throughout a protest over the snatching of ballox containers by armed troopers. 

The violence, which lasted many hours, led to the destruction of properties operating into tens of millions of naira.

The youth have been killed by stray bullets whereas making an attempt to forestall the poll containers from being snatched.

The Divisional Police Headquarters in Oba Akoko was additionally almost razed throughout the violence, whereas safety automobiles parked within the premises of the station have been destroyed with stones and burnt. 

SaharaReporters’ investigation into the incident, nonetheless, revealed that Victor Olabimtan, Particular Adviser to Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, was behind the violence. 

In keeping with residents, Olabimtan, who was previously a Speaker of the Ondo State Home of Meeting, contracted the thugs and armed safety males from exterior the city.

Our correspondent, who visited Oba Akoko, learnt from the locals that the thugs have been sighted a number of days earlier than the election whereas they have been making an attempt to find the polling items.

The names of victims got as Adams Ayodele, Ojo Kayode, Audu Ayodele, Nofisat Oriti, Lawal Alidu, Dejumo Adegoroye and Amuda Ahmed. Others are hospitalised on the amenities of Federal Medical Hospital, Owo.

On the night time of the incident, Akeredolu had ordered {that a} curfew be positioned on Oba Akoko, thereby hindering human and vehicular motion inside and across the city.

An announcement issued by Gbenga Ale, the Governor’s Chief of Employees, had instructed all residents and commuters transiting Oba Akoko to stay indoors, and instructed the safety businesses to take cost.

The curfew was enforced regardless of the enchantment of the standard rulers of the communities to handle the youth of the city to stop hearth.

On March 10, Akeredolu visited the city within the firm of the Commissioner of Police, and condemned the mayhem. He additionally promised to arrange a committee of inquiry to look at what led to the disaster. 

In swift response, the Police Commissioner ordered that the occasion be investigated, a directive that led to the arrest of youth within the city, together with a physically-impaired man later recognized as Jimoh Ogunyemi, a.ok.a. ‘Akala’, who suffers from listening to incapacity.

On March 13, Akeredolu arrange a five-man committee chaired by Dr. Femi Awani, whereas Mr. J.T. Olayeye serves because the Secretary.

Nonetheless, sources narrated what occurred on the weekend to SaharaReporters.

Ige Ijabiyi, an eyewitness, mentioned: “I’m not scared to speak, and inform you my title, as a result of it’s what all of us skilled and noticed with our eyes. On that fateful Saturday (March 9), the election was occurring peacefuly and we have been in an orderly method, casting our votes with out rancour. 

“Sadly, within the afternoon, exactly 2pm, the ambiance change because the counting and sorting started, and we started to see unusual faces within the polling items. These faces weren’t identified within the communities, so we shortly needed to inform the few safety businesses within the polling items to be on alert.

“Actually, one of many police sergeants who was on floor assured us that nothing would occur, however we weren’t comfy along with his assurances.

“We had not completed complaining to the safety businesses, when some cellular policemen stormed the PUs with weapons and horsewhips and we have been all scared. 

“Earlier than we they knew it, they began chasing our folks away from the polling items and snatched all poll containers, together with the INEC supplies. It was similar to a Nollywood scene as many people obtained wounded.

“They snatched the poll containers and ran right into a ready Toyota Hilux van with no quantity plate, as they sped off whereas a black utility jeep adopted them. Within the course of, considered one of us whose uncle is a driver within the Governor’s workplace shortly informed us that the black jeep following the Hilux van belonged to a politician and we found it was Hon. Victor Olabimtan who was inside. 

“We needed to shortly run after the jeep as policemen within the automobile started taking pictures to scare us away. We performed protected by leaving them to go, and we known as these in different polling items to inform them what had occurred.”

One other supply, who most popular to not be named, narrated how Olabimtan drove within the black utility jeep with the registration numbers OD10ZED with armed troopers who have been snatching poll containers in all of the polling items visited.

He defined how the Governor’s aide was joined by Dapo Fasesin, a former Native Council Vice Chairman.

He mentioned: “Sure it was similar day of the election that we started to listen to the information that that they had began snatching the poll containers in every single place within the city. It was less than three minutes that we noticed this Hilux van and a black jeep stuffed with troopers and armed policemen with double barrel weapons. 

“I noticed the Governor’s aide, Mr. Victor Olabimtan, who got here down from a black Jeep and began giving some directions to the policemen whereas troopers placing on darkish glasses have been guarding him.

“Olabimtan was joined by Dapo Fasesin. I noticed the 2 politicians in Oba; they have been shifting up and down with two Hilux vans and a black jeep in full assist of armed troopers as they stopped to grab poll containers in all of the polling items shut by. About six polling items have been visited the place they snatched poll field that day.

“Actually, the principle bother began at ward 14 in Oba Akoko the place these youth restisted the untoward motion of the cellular policemen after that they had succeeded in snatching the poll containers. They began taking pictures on the youth to scare them away. Angered by Olabimtan’s motion, the youth of Oba Akoko blocked all of the roads inside Oba axis to forestall the Governor’s aide and his squad from taking the poll containers out of city.

“It was the armed cellular policemen within the automobile of Hon. Olabimtan that got here right down to take away the blockade and opened hearth on the youth, killing a minimum of two individuals on the spot because the remaning of us fled the scene. 

“We known as the Police in Oba Akoko for assist, however they refused to indicate up and that was how Olabimtan and his safety squad terrorised the city for near 4 hours, taking pictures sporadically.”

A cleric in Oba Akoko city additionally informed Saharareporters: “It was a tragic day right here for us as a result of those that have been bestowed with positions of authority used the facility they’ve towards the folks they’re suppose to guard.

“I noticed them myself as they introduced within the troopers and policemen who have been snatching poll containers principally on the polling unit in St. Peter’s Church, whereas taking pictures at some youth who tried to withstand them. Some highly effective politicians got here to the city with armed policemen and thugs, snatching poll containers and asking the folks to maneuver away. 

“They’re doing that on this civilized society and also you count on the folks, principally youth whose votes are being stolen, to look at on and never react. 

“Truthfully, for near 4 hours, it was gunshots in every single place, together with teargas as these ones deployed to supply safety too began making indiscriminate arrest of the individuals who ran for security within the church and mosques round them.”

A youth of Oba Akoko, who merely  recognized himself as Orile, additionally informed SaharaReporters throughout a go to how the police protected the poll field snatchers. 

“It’s so unlucky that reality has no place in our politics once more. This very day we’re speaking about, we noticed Hon. Olabimtan shifting round with troopers and policemen with thugs snatching poll containers. 

“One factor everyone knows is that the electoral violence unleashed on the youth and other people of Oba Akoko was well-planned and executed by Hon. Olabimtan and Hon Fasesin. So, the 2 politicians should be made to face the complete wrath of the legislation, as a result of these two figures are nonetheless shifting about freely and even threatening us the youth of Oba-Akoko with demise as a result of we all know them and have all promised to uncovered them. 

“Worse nonetheless is that ineffective DPO of Oba Akoko Division, who was ordering all his officers to shoot at us for stopping the poll containers from being snatched by these introduced in by Olabimtan.

“We protested peacefully to the Police Station in Oba to register our grievances about how they (Police) failed to indicate up once we wanted them most. Surprisingly, the DPO ordered his males to right away open hearth on us.

“First, they threw teargas canisters and after they found we weren’t afraid, they began taking pictures at us, wounding so many individuals.”

SaharaReporters solely learnt that the injury finished on the police station led to the arrest of the some folks within the city. 

Confirming the arrest, Femi Joseph, spokesperson of the Ondo State Police Command, mentioned 20 youth have been arrested.

He mentioned: “We arrested about 20 of them after they attacked our males in Oba Akoko and likewise destroyed the Police Station, together with the automobiles parked within the premises. 

“A few of our males who have been attacked have been even on their strategy to collation centres after they ambushed them and in an try to defend themselves, one or two of the youth have been shot useless.”

Meawhile, feelers from the Ondo State Police headquarters point out that a few of the arrested youth have been let loose final week. These launched, it was learnt, have been freed because of the intervention of neighborhood leaders and elders within the city who repeatedly appealed to the Governor to intervene.

Nonetheless, youth within the city have written a letter to Akeredolu insisting that Olambitan should face justice.


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