Former deputy governor of Oyo State, Chief Taofeek Arapaja, has secured freedom after spending 19 days in Abuja.
Arapaja, a former ambassador to Jordan, returned home this afternoon. The African Democratic Congress, ADC, was received by family members, friends and Political associates.
OYO INSIGHT recalled that Arapaja was re-arrested on March 1, 2019 and whisked to Abuja following the killing of one Monsuru Hamzat during the presidential and National Assembly election.
This was after he had been arrested few days after the incident.
Arapaja, it was learnt, escaped death by removing his trademark abeti-aja cap when political thugs invaded his compound and allegedly shot the deceased while trying to protect already cast votes.
OYO INSIGHT had reported how Arapaja was arrested by the police and whisked to the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Iyaganku, Ibadan. He was released 48 hours after.
But on Friday, March 1, 2019, the police whisked him away to an unknown destination in Abuja with family and political supporters, describing the development as “political persecution”
The bereaved family of late Monsuru had pleaded with the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to free a former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, currently in a detention facility in Abuja.