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EKITI: Suspects behind bye-election violence arrested, says Fayemi

GOVERNOR Kayode Fayemi has announced that some people have been arrested in connection with the killing and maiming that marred the bye-election in Ekiti East Constituency 1 of the State House of Assembly two days ago.

Fayemi made the disclosure in a statement he shared on his verified Twitter handle with pictures from his visit to the persons affected in the incident.

Violence erupted in Omuo Ekiti during the Ekiti East constituency 1 poll leading to shootings in some polling units and the killing of three persons.

The bye-election was meant to fill a seat made vacant by the death of an All Progressives Congress’s (APC) Assemblyman representing the constituency in the State House of Assembly, Juwa Adegbuyi, in February.

A corps member working as part of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and a  policewoman on duty were said to have been attacked and inflicted with injuries.

Senator Abiodun Olujimi, former Governor Ayodele Fayose and other politicians had alleged that the thugs who disrupted the election, leading to the violence, were sponsored by the ruling APC.

In his reaction, Fayose described the development as a state-sponsored terrorism.

But Governor Fayemi, in the wake of the violence, condemned the attack, warning that  no one involved in the violence would go unpunished.

The governor, announced hours after the attack that, “Today, I visited affected persons and families in Omuo-Ekiti following the mayhem that occurred during the botched Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election on Saturday. I also visited the palace of Olomuo of Omuo Ekiti as well as stakeholders in the opposition party.

“Since the beginning of this development, I have been in touch with the heads of all security agencies at the state level to investigate and apprehend the brigands responsible for this tragic assault on our democracy.

“As the chief security officer of our state, I have been briefed that the suspected perpetrators of the violence have been arrested. They would be taken to court on Monday and charged appropriately. The peace of our land is not negotiable.

“As I have consistently maintained, nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. Political leaders must moderate the excesses of supporters, and not condone any criminal elements in our midst.

“Ekiti is ours to build together. Despite our diverse party affiliations, we must work together to protect and defend the sanctity of the electoral process and secure lives and property during elections. This is a bi-partisan imperative that we must achieve together.”

A statement issued by the state government said, “Governor Fayemi promised that government would settle the medical bills of those in the hospital and lend some help to the families of the deceased to cushion their pains.“

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