By Gbenga Ariyibi
Ado-Ekiti—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of complicity in the Monday jail break in Ado-Ekiti following conflicting reports by the governor and his media aide, Lere Olayinka.
The party said while the governor blamed the prison officials for complicity, Olayinka accused APC of masterminding the crime to free Niyi Adedipe, who was in prison custody over alleged complicity in the murder of drivers’ union boss, Omolafe Aderiye.
The party explained that the latest report of the sighting of four of the escaped prisoners in the Government House confirmed the earlier suspicion that the Monday incident was an orchestrated plan to free criminals friendly with the government to unleash them on the opponents as suspicion of alleged killer squad in Ekiti State grew.
APC said: “If the jailbreak was an attempt by APC to free Adedipe, why did Adedipe report himself to the police and subsequently surrendered himself to the prisons authorities without being declared wanted? If the jailbreak is to kill Niyi Adedipe, as alleged by Lere Olayinka, Why was he not killed?
“We are not surprised that the local content of this crime ring is being re-activated by releasing them from jail for maximum results and we are calling the attention of Nigerians and lovers of peace and security around the world that the merchants of death are back in Ekiti State to terrorise the people of Ekiti State.
“We can now see why security vote for security agents to fight crimes has been reduced while personal security vote for the governor has doubled.
“We urge the security agents to comb the Presidential lodge of the Government House to re-arrest the escapees quartered there.
Fayose’s aide reacts
In his own reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in a statement in Ado Ekiti yesterday, dismissed the allegation, urging Ekiti people to trace their search for the source of security lapses in the state on members of the APC.
He said: “Nobody will take APC serious over the latest allegations. They are known for fabricating lies. They are doing this to save face. Their allegations that four of the escapees are in the Government House is so funny to us.
“The allegation is the opposite of what is on ground, some of the escapees are in the APC custody. The APC knows where the criminals are, they want to divert attention of the public from their criminal tendencies. The people of Ekiti State know that the APC is behind the attack on the prison. The APC collaborated with some people inside the prison whom they have already compromised.
“ What the Governor and one of his aide, Mr Lere Olayinka said are the same. The Governor only shed more light on how the APC connived with some people inside the prison to carry out the attack.”