After close to 48 hours with the officers at the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, former deputy governor Taofeek Arapaja has been released.
OYO INSIGHT had reported how the African Democratic Congress, ADC, leader, was arrested on Tuesday evening in connection with the death of a 25-year old Monsuru Amusa by armed thugs during last Saturday’s election.
Arapaja, who paid a condolence visit to his family’s Lako compound, Kudeti, expressed sadness over the death of Monsuru and disruption of the election that was going on peacefully.
This is just as he urged the bereaved family to take heart with the call on the law enforcement agents not to politicize the heinous crime but fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
He disclosed that he believed that the hoodlums that carried out the dastardly act were sponsored by those in power in their desperate attempt to remain in power at the expense of innocent people’s lives.
He added that if not for God’s intervention and mercy, he would have been dead by now because the hoodlums were shouting his name – Arapaja when they came, and on sensing the danger ahead, he had to remove his cap that they can use to identify him and hide behind a friend in front of him to escape.
Arapaja disclosed that the sole mission of the perpetrators and those that sent them was to disrupt the peaceful election in any polling units where they were being roundly defeated, stressing that all the security officers deployed to the polling units where the incident occurred were unarmed and had to run for their dear lives as well.
Arapaja, who equally visited a native traditional hospital at Ita Ege, Idi-Aro, Ibadan to sympathize with other victims that sustained injuries from gunshot where they were being treated, noted that with the killing and violence that ensued during the last election, there might be aparthy on the part of the electorates in the next election since they are not sure of their safety any longer.
Other chieftains of the ADC that accompanied Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja included the Minority leader of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Ademola Akeem Ige, Hon. Fatai Adesina, ex-council Chairman, Abiodun Adedoja Ekolo, Hon. Bamidele Ojo and Ibrahim Salami Dikko – ADC candidate for Oluyole State constituency assembly election.