By OLA AJAYI, Ibadan
A group under the aegis of the South West Defenders (SWD) has accused the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of alleged insensitivity to the plight of the families of those whose relations were murdered and injured last Saturday, in Erijiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government area of the State.
The group said it was inhuman for the governor not to have visited Erijiyan-Ekiti, since last Saturday that Ayo Murphy Jeje was killed and several others injured.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lere Olayinka, it said; “it is painful that instead of sympathising with the families of Ayo Jeje, who was brutally murdered and others that were wounded, Governor Fayemi has been concerned about the arrest and detention of his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) State Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, who was arrested for alleged complicity in the murder”.
It said the murdered Ayo Jeje was among the aggrieved members of the ACN that were billed to decamp to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
SWD said; “It is even more worrisome that six days after the incident, Fayemi, who is the Chief Security Officer of Ekiti State has not uttered a word to condemn the ignoble act. Instead, all we have heard from his party is the condemnation of the arrest of Jide Awe.
”We then wonder which is more important, lost of lives or arrest and detention of an individual in furtherance of police investigation?
”We are further worried that with the murder in cold blood of Ayo Jeje, the number of people killed by suspected agents of the ruling ACN is now three.
”Chief Adeleye Awolumate, PDP Chairman for Osun Ward in Moba Local Government was killed in broad daylight on November 18, 2010 while Teslim Abiola, a 400 level Accounting student of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti was killed on September 26, 2012.”
While calling for thorough investigation of Ayo Jeje’s murder, the group said; “If we must put a stop to these killings, murderers of Ayo Jeje must be brought to justice.
”From Tunde Omojola, Dr. Ayodeji Daramola, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi (Attah of Aiyede), Dr. Gabriel Olowoyo, Kehinde Fasuba, Adeleye Awolumate, Teslim Abiola and now Ayo Jeje, Ekiti State has witnessed enough of unresolved murder cases.
”It is therefore important that the police must not be intimidated by whatever noise being made by the ACN on the arrest of its State Chairman, Chief Jide Awe. Rather the police should arrest and prosecute anyone that has anything to do with the murder, irrespective of their status and political affiliation.”