By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
No fewer than eight policemen, including a Divisional Police Officer, DPO, were wounded as suspected party thugs attacked a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Joseph Alake in Efon-Alaaye, Efon Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
The APC chieftain gave the revelation in Ado-Ekiti while contributing during a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the security chief for political parties in the state in preparation for the 2015 general elections.
Alake revealed that the thugs invaded his house at about 8am and fired gunshots indiscriminately and brandished dangerous weapons with sinister intention to kill him and members of his household.
He said the affected policemen are now being hospitalised following serious machete cuts sustained in the hands of the gun-wielding goons, who rounded him up over allegation that he has been serving as a rallying point for opposition party in the town.
Alake stated that he immediately called the Area Commander and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, who ordered the men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, to rescue him from the scene.
“These people stormed my house 8am and brandished dangerous weapons. One of them even macheted a boy. They fired gunshots and threatened to burn down my house because of my political affiliation. But the quick intervention of the Area Commander of Ijero and the SARS Commander saved the day.
“The SARS and the Area Commanders rescued me from the scene and took me to Ijero where I passed the night. I would have been killed but for quick intervention of the police,” he stated.
The CP, who confirmed the incident, commended his men for displaying high level of professionalism in handling the incident, he described as frightening and barbaric.
He, however, assured that the culprits will be arrested and brought to justice, saying no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that the forthcoming elections are free, fair and devoid of crisis.
Those who attended the meeting include: Director of State Security service, Mr. Tamuno Samuel, his counterpart in FRSC, NSCDC, Immigration Service, Prisons Service and Chieftains of major political parties: PDP, APC and LP.