Ayodele Fayose Governor of Ekiti State is at war with the state’s Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, over alleged shielding of a customs officer who reportedly hacked two people to death.
It was gathered that the customs, identified as Emmanuel Owaremi and Mrs. Titilayo Omotoso, on the spot, while others were injured.
Another victim, Bukola Aboko, lost her five months pregnancy in the accident and also sustained bodily injury.
It was learnt that the police after rescuing the man and another female occupant of the car from the scene of the accident, released them without charging them to court.
This made the aggrieved residents to storm the police station to demand the re-arrest and prosecution of the killer ‘drunken’ driver.
Some of the family members of the victims were subsequently arrested and charged to court for breaching public peace and for allegedly attacking the police station.
Some family members on Wednesday took their protest to the Government’s House in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday to complain to the governor.
Adeola Abiodun, who spoke on behalf of the two families said the police withheld the remains of the victims and forced the families to withdraw their interest in pursuing the case in court before they could secure their release their bodies for burial.
“We were made to write the letter under duress and we had no choice because we were constantly harassed by the police.”
Fayose, who addressed journalists after the protest, said he was saddened by the weighty allegations against the police
He lamented that the Commissioner of Police could not give a satisfactory answer when he was confronted with the facts of the case.
He said, “I am saddened by this development. Those who are supposed to be protecting us shouldn’t be oppressing us. When people face this kind of trauma, this kind of sad experience, the killing of their breadwinner, husbands and for any reason, a right thinking person should not cover it up. We must stand up against this. These people must get justice.
“A man killed two of their family members, rather than charging the suspect who occupied the car to court, the police charged the family members of the deceased to court. I want to assure Ekiti people that we will get to the root of this matter.