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Ondo: Police quiz LP, PDP chieftains over clash

By Dayo Johnson
POLICE in Ondo State have quizzed two principal actors in last week bloody clash between supporters of the ruling Labour Party, LP, and the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Irele area of the state.

Supporters from both parties were matchetted and were said to have sustained serious injuries in the fracas while many vehicles were equally damaged.

Reacting to the ugly incident, the state Police authorities said the former council chairman, Chief Albert Akintoye of the PDP and Chairman of Interim Committee of the local government, Mr. Shadrack  Ikujuni had been invited for questioning.

Speaking with Vanguard in Akure, the Ondo State Police PRO, Adeniran Aremu denied that the actors were arrested or detained but said they were only invited to know the cause of the violent clash.

Aremu added that peace has, however, returned to the council after Policemen were deployed there.

It would be recalled that trouble reportedly started when some members of the LP were attacked while on their way to Akotogbo for a ceremony.

The ceremony which a source said was political in nature could however, not take place because of the clash between the rival party members.

There are different versions of what caused the clash, as one source said supporters of a party ran into another and a clash ensued while another said one party laid ambush for the other.

But, the former Council Chairman, Chief Akintoye said he was leading some PDP members from Ore to Akotogbo, his home town for a rally when some LP members attacked them.
Akintoye said the LP members led by Ikujuni insisted that the PDP members could not hold their rally since they did not get permission from the appropriate quarters.

But, in his reaction the Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Seyi James said the PDP members were the aggressors.

James added that the LP members were known to be peaceful who conducted their affairs in lawful manners until the PDP members disrupted their meetings in Irele.

According to him “there should not have been clash if the PDP members who were driving carelessly and taunting the LP members conducted their rally lawfully

He called on the police in the state to probe and prosecute the offenders.

Meanwhile, the Police Command has appealed to political parties in the state to play the game according to the rules, warning that it would deal decisively with political thugs in the state.


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