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Saraki, Others Who Took To Streets Over Osun Governorship Poll Are Mentally Ill – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described those who took to the streets today to protest the outcome of the recent State governorship election, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Ben Bruce, Senator Dino Melaye and others, as mentally ill.

Aregbesola, who spoke to news men in Abuja today, Friday shortly after an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari said: “the only option left for responsible politician in democracy is to take electoral grievances to the court of law.”

He expressed surprise that even when other political parties have gone to court to challenge the result of the election which made the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyaga Oyetola the winner, “those anti-democracy blindly went wild, protesting on the streets.”

Meanwhile, police have invited the Senate President and his fellow protesters for interrogation on their role in what the police described as disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety and violent attack on Policemen posted to ensure security of the Force Headquarters, pushing and hitting the Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and Government properties.

A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood asked the protesters to report themselves to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October, 2018 for investigation.

The police said that the Senate President and his fellow protesters were captured on camera being involved in the disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety and violent attack on Policemen posted to ensure security of the Force Headquarters, pushing and hitting the Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and Government properties are hereby invited to report themselves to the IGP Monitoring Unit at the Force Headquarters on Monday, 8th October, 2018 for investigation.

“Today at about 1330Hrs, unruly and violent protesters who are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in their hundreds with thugs and miscreants inside several trucks and vehicles blocked the Shehu Shagari way in front of the Nigeria Police Force, Headquarters creating a gridlock of traffic on the highway and preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on Shehu Shagari way thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety, suddenly the unruly/violent protesters surge and rushed violently on the Policemen posted to ensure safety of the Force Headquarters premises, pushing and hitting the Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to cause damage to Police equipment and Government properties.

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“The Police team headed by a very Senior Police Officer despite the provocation, after issuing words of proclamation, warning this unruly PDP protesters who were chanting war songs of ”we no go gree o, we no go gree, we no go gree”, charged the Police personnel who used minimum force and dispersed them.

Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and others yet to be identified were recorded on Camera pushing Policemen to forcefully enter the Force Headquarters to damage and destroy Police equipment and Government properties while Senator Bukola Saraki was at the scene of the attack in his car also captured on camera along with hundreds of miscreants and thugs in the acts of disturbance of public peace and public safety, unlawful blockade of Shehu Shagari way for several hours preventing motorists, road users and other members of the public from having access and passage on the highway thereby disturbing public peace and public safety and causing innocent people to scamper for safety.

“The Inspector General of Police has directed immediate investigation into this unprovoked and unwarranted attack on the personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and the Force Headquarters premises which is against the law and condemnable. The Force will do everything within the law to bring all perpetrators of this crime to justice, no matter how highly placed.”

The statement appealed to residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to remain calm as the situation is under control, adding that development will be communicated to the public soon.

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