Why Police arrest Ondo PDP chieftain, Femi Adekanmbi over Owo election violence one year after

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After over one year, the Ondo State Police command on Thursday quizzed a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Femi Adekanmbi over the violence that erupted in Owo two days before the November 26, 2016 governorship election.

Adekanmbi was fingered in the violence which claimed the life of a staunch supporter of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress.

Unknown gunmen had killed one Afolabi Olaposi, a chieftain of the APC in Owo, while he was returning home from a political meeting.

The gunmen also allegedly stormed the residence of Chief Jamiu Ekungba and vandalized seven vehicles in the compound.

It took the intervention of Akeredolu and other elders in the ancient town to calm some youths who were prepared to launch reprisal attack on the perceived perpetrators of the violence.

It was gathered that the violence was sponsored so as to create chaos in Owo, the home town of Akeredolu, so as to postpone the said election.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC, Abayomi Adesanya accused the opposition party of being behind the attack.

He said "We believe those calling for the postponement of the election and threatening a repeat of 1983 violence were behind these dastardly acts. We call on security agents in the state to fish out those behind these acts ".

Adekambi was, however, on Thursday evening questioned on the violence in the town.

A police source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, disclosed that there were petitions against Adekanmbi over the incident.

He said the police acted late due to some investigation, which was being carried out in Owo.

According to him, Adekanmbi will be released on self recognition, but the police can pick him up again very soon.

A top Chief in Owo, who spoke on confidence with DAILYPOST revealed that Adekambi was arrested so as to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order in Owo.

He said Adekanmbi was preparing for a thanksgiving and commissioning of a fountain when information got out that some youths were preparing to storm the venue and retaliate the attack.

The chief said the youths felt insulted that Adekanmbi could come back to shine in the town after what he has done last year.

According to the chief, the reprisal attack would have led to serious violence in the town, if it wasn't averted.

Speaking on his arrest at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) office, in Akure, Adekanmbi expressed shock over his arrest and accused the state governor, Akeredolu, of political vendetta, saying the governor had no political tolerance with the opposition.

Adekanmbi said he was surprised when he was referred to the state CID and learnt his arrest was in connection with a petition written against him over a fracas in Owo last November.

Speaking on the development, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, described the allegation against the governor as unfounded, saying, "the governor is too busy with developmental projects and programmes for the people of the state than to engage in political vendetta."

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Femi Joseph, said the former commissioner was not arrested by the command but was invited to clear the air over an issue.

Joseph assured that the PDP Chieftain in Owo will be released immediately the command concluded its findings.

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