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Alleged assault: Police arrest Ogun state deputy speaker, Kadiri

  Men of Ogun State Police Command, on Friday, arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for ...

 


Men of Ogun State Police Command, on Friday, arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Oludare Kadiri, for alleged assault during the revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

 

Kadiri, who represents Ijebu-North at the state assembly, was arrested after he allegedly led suspected hoodlums to invade the residence of the Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi, in Oru-Ijebu, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state.

 

Our correspondent gathered that Kadiri was being held at the Criminal Investigation Department at the Police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta for the offence.

 

The Deputy Speaker was also alleged to have led thugs to invade and vandalise the residence of a former State Legislator Adebiyi Odugbesan.

 

Kadiri was said to have accused the SSG and Adegbesan of hoarding the registration materials for the ongoing APC registration and revalidation exercise in the State.

 

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed Kadiri’s arrest, saying he was being currently investigated.


Oyeyemi said, “Some people reported him (Kadiri) to the police, accusing him of leading thugs to the house of a former lawmaker where they attacked him and vandalised his house.

 

“Another person also reported that he led thugs to the residence of the SSG and also vandalised the SSG’s house.

 

“A Supervisory Councillor in his local government also reported that, he (Kadiri) forcibly seized the registration materials and when the police went there to recover the materials, this same man led about 20 men and assaulted the Supervisory Councillor in the presence of the police and also held the policemen hostage for almost two hours.

 

“No body is above the law, anybody who runs foul of the law has to face the music, that is why he was arrested and is being investigated and he will be charged to court after the conclusion of the investigation.”

 

But, reacting to his arrest, Kadiri denied the allegations, which he said were orchestrated to tarnish his political image.

 

Speaking through one of his aides, on Friday evening, Kadiri fingered the SSG as the brain behind his arrest.

 

He also accused him of clandestinely orchestrating his impeachment as the deputy speaker of the state assembly.