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Belgore billboards: Falana gives police 7-day ultimatum to arrest alleged thugs

Lagos lawyer,  Femi Falana, has petitioned police authorities demanding the arrest within seven days of alleged PDP thugs who demolished the billboards of opposition politicians in Kwara, particularly those of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, governorship candidate,  Muhammed Dele Belgore (SAN), on the eve of President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state.

Falana, who is counsel to Belgore, claimed in a letter to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, that the PDP thugs demolished the billboards and unleashed violence on the community at the alleged behest of some Kwara State Government officials and chieftains of the ruling party.

He insisted that by engaging “in wilful damage to (Belgore’s) property, breach of the peace, thuggery and violence, illegal possession of firearms and munitions, the PDP thugs and their official collaborators have violated several provisions of the Penal Code and the Electoral Act 2010.”

Falana said failure of the security agencies to arrest and prosecute the felons and their sponsors within seven days of receipt of the letter, would see Belgore “initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the official thugs and their sponsors in the Kwara State Government.”

The lawyer copied the letter to the National Security Adviser, Governor Bukola Saraki, and the State Commissioner of Police.

He recalled that the violent demolition of Belgore’s billboards and defacing of his posters were repeated across most parts of Ilorin, the state capital, despite that “the sites were duly registered and paid for under the auspices of the Kwara State Advertising and Signage Agency, KWASA.”


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