YPP TO APC, POLICE IG: OBEY THE RULE OF LAW

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YPP TO APC, POLICE IG: OBEY THE RULE OF LAW

  1. The continuous detention of Comrade Adelana Adesegun a.k.a Aluta, the YPP Chairmanship candidate of Shomolu local government is a case of tyranny taken too far and will most likely attract strong resistance if his illegal detention persists.
  2. We are amazed that in clear violation of his fundamental human rights, he has been detained for almost 72hours since his unlawful arrest on Saturday, 24th July, 2021 on the order of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu for peacefully expressing his displeasure at LASIEC office over the unlawful exclusion of our party’s logo from the ballot paper in violation of the electoral act, hence disenfranchising him and all our teeming members who came out to vote.
  3. Noteworthy is the fact that video evidence available to us revealed that he acted on the advice of the Police DPO of Onipan Police Station who asked him to visit LASIEC to formally lodge his complaints as it was the only body empowered to address all grievances bordering on the election. How acting on the advice of a law officer or officially lodging a complaint translates into a crime remains a mystery only the Nigeria Police can explain.
  4. We also want to bring to the attention of the world the threat to the life of our councilorship candidate, Omotunde Afolabi Abdulkareem from Orile Agege LCDA, Ward D since his landslide victory. He has presently gone incommunicado because of the barrage of calls and text messages threatening his life for winning an election conducted by the tyrannical APC government. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the leader of the party in Lagos State should be held responsible for any harm that befalls our candidate as the win by all means syndrome has made the APC very toxic to our democracy.
  5. History will never be kind to the APC in its blind quest of making Nigeria a one-party state and more sad is the partisan role of the Nigeria Police, which ought to be impartial. The hijack of the Nigeria Police as a tool of oppression by the APC is the height of injustice and must be resisted by all critical stakeholders.
  6. It is on the strength of the above that the Young Progressives Party is calling on the international community, civil society organisations and all Nigerians to rise and hold the APC government to account and ensure the rule of law upon which it rode to power is obeyed.
  7. We also call on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba who have sworn to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to prevail on the oppressive Lagos State Police Command, which has now become the instrument of state oppression to ensure the unconditional release of Comrade Adelana Adesegun a.k.a Aluta and provide adequate protection for Omotunde Afolabi Abdulkareem as the world is watching.
  8. Conclusively, if our call for the rule of law to be obeyed is ignored, we will not hesitate to activate our rights to peaceful protests and occupy Lagos until the right thing is done.
Signed:
Comrade Egbeola Wale Martins
National Publicity Secretary
Young Progressives Party
nps@ypp.ng

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