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Ekiti shooting: APC suspends campaign as police release report

Dr. Kayode Fayemi

By Ariwodola Idowu

  The All Progressives  Congress  (APC) in Ekiti on Saturday said it had suspended its gubernatorial campaign  earlier scheduled to take off  on  Monday.

The suspension came  as the police command in the state released the report of  Friday’s  shooting incident at the APC rally organised to welcome back to the state  its flagbearer in the July 14 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN) reports that Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Jide Awe,  told newsmen  in Ado Ekiti that the postponement was due to the shooting incident.

According to Awe, the suspension will remain in place  until  the police can guarantee the safety  of  its gubernatorial candidate and other members of the party.

He insisted that Friday’s shooting was an attempt to take the life of   Fayemi,  with the bullet,  however,  hitting   a former member of the House of Representatives,  Mr  Opeyemi Bamidele.

Awe demanded  a thorough  investigation of the matter by the police while the outcome of the report  must be made public.

But the police command in its  situation report released on Saturday by its Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Chukwuemeka,  said findings  revealed that what happened was a case of accidental discharge  on the part of a mobile police officer.

“On  Friday, 1st June, 2018,  at about 1700 hours, the policeman accidentally shot Opeyemi Bamidele and one other, but he has been arrested.

“He is attached to 20 PMF, Ikeja, Lagos State,  where he was posted on bank guard duties somewhere in Ikeja. The policeman came on illegal duty to Ekiti State.

“A politician, who conspired and removed the said policeman from where he was posted by his Squadron Commander and came to Ado-Ekiti  with him for an unofficial reason has  also been arrested.

“The victims of his accidental discharge are currently responding to treatment at the hospital, while the injured policeman is equally responding to treatment in  protective custody,’’ he  said.

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