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Ekiti Election Violence: Fayemi vows to file murder charges against perpetrators

Ekiti Election Violence: Fayemi vows to file murder charges against perpetrators

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti on Sunday stated that there would be no wasting time in filing murder charges and prosecution of perpetrators of the killings during Saturday’s house of assembly by-election in the state.

The Governor stated this during a sympathy visit to Omuo Ekiti, the headquarters of Ekiti East LGA, where the incident occurred. He assured that those arrested would be arraigned for murder not later than Monday.

Fayemi also visited the private home of Abiodun Olujimi, a PDP Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, who was one of those who narrowly missed being hit by the bullets.

He later held a closed-door meeting with the senator where he reportedly told her, after the latter had narrated her ordeal, that the issue at hand was not a political issue, promising that anyone arrested in connection with the attack would be treated as a common criminal, no matter which political party such a person belonged to.

He said, “We may not be able to bring back the dead but every perpetrator will be dealt with to serve as a deterrent to others.

“After I spoke with Senator Olujimi on Saturday, I called the Commissioner of Police (CP) and instructed him to do everything possible to arrest the perpetrators and I’m happy to inform you that as I arrived the state (today, Sunday), the CP said all the culprits had been arrested and on Monday, they shall be charged for murder.”

He also visited the palace of the Olomuo of Omuo Ekiti, Noah Omonigbehin, as well as survivors on their hospital beds, wishing them quick recovery.

He thanked the traditional ruler for maintaining peace in the community by not allowing residents to take laws into their hands in reaction to the wanton killings.

He assured the traditional ruler that the perpetrators would be made to face the full weight of the law, saying he would not politicise the incident.

Responding, Mr Omonigbehin thanked the governor for the condolence visit, pleading that those responsible for the attack be brought to book.

It could be recalled that three persons were on Saturday shot dead in Omuo-Ekiti by suspected party thugs while five others sustained gunshot wounds during the House of Assembly bye-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state constituency.

The seat became vacant following the death in February of an All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker representing the constituency in the state House of Assembly, Juwa Adegbuyi.

Ekiti Election Violence: Fayemi vows to file murder charges against perpetrators

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