BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—Ogun State police command yesterday raided, Asoludero court, the home of former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel over the alleged invasion of the Labour Party secretariat in the state.
The Labour Party secretariat located at Car Wash, Adatan, Abeokuta, was allegedly vandalised by some loyalists of Daniel few weeks ago and some suspects were subsequently arrested and interrogated by police in the state.
The command which invited some loyalists of Daniel and members of the other faction over the intra-party crisis met yesterday and threatened to drag Daniel’s faction to court within two weeks if the matter was not resolved.
However, Vanguard gathered that Daniel’s house was raided by men of the police command last Wednesday following the alleged missing party register and other valuable documents after the secretariat was vandalised.
Confirming the meeting with the two factions of the party, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told Vanguard that the two parties had been told to ensure peace.
He said that the intra-party crisis was being handled by the State Criminal Investigation Department and personally handled by Area Commander, Aminu Al-Hazan.
Leading Daniel’s faction to the meeting with the police, factional chairman, John Laleye and acting secretary, Micheal Adegbola, were told to resolve the crisis in the next two weeks, or else the Police would charge them for assault, vandalism and burglary.
The other faction led by the state financial secretary, Adebayo Arabambi explained that; “We came here today (yesterday) to tell the whole world why Otunba Gbenga Daniel is against our party, and why they burgled our secretariat. They need to explain to the world.”
Reacting to the development, Daniel through one of his media aides, Steve Oliyide, however, said: “I want the arm of the law to really do its work so that all of them can be charged to court no matter how highly placed they are. We want the police authority to charge this matter to court. That is all what we are interested in.
“Must every frivolous claims and allegations be attended with invitation. In other words, if somebody should accuse the CP of some grave offence, should the first thing be to invite the head of the state police from his busy schedule without looking first at the merit of such matter and the locus of those who raised the allegation.”
“Allegation as grave as burglary of the state party office, of a national party by three persons suspended by the NEC of the party, can only be viewed on political grounds”.