Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has accused the state government of blocking the arrest of suspects connected with shootings in Yagba West LGA during the governorships/house of assembly election.
The PDP in a statement signed and issued yesterday by Bode Ogunmola informed the public that Mr Segun Olu who was arrested on election day in Egbe with a pistol by the police, confessed to the crime and named 10 other suspects that carried out the shooting and mayhem along with him in his statement.
According to the PDP statement, the suspect confessed that he and others were engaged by Yagba West local government administrator, confessed to the fact that fire arms were brought from Lokoja and given out to them by agents of the state government led by the administrator.
The PDP alleged that when officers from SARS Abuja office were on their way to Yagba West with Mr Segun Olu to identify the rest of the other culprits, they were prevented from fulfilling their mission alleged that overtures were made to the SARs operatives at Isanlu by the administrator to abandon their journey.
The PDP lamented that till date, the rest of the culprits are going and walking about freely, alleged that the culprits are enjoying protection from the state government.
The PDP called on the IG of Police to instill confidence in the mind of Kogi People by effecting the arrest of the culprits, pointing out that failure to do otherwise would cast a negative aspersion on the Nigerian Police and their neutrality in Kogi State.
The PDP called on the Inspector General of Police to be aware of the action aimed at preventing the arrest of suspects who masterminded the shootings during the last Governorship and House of Assembly election, insisting that nobody should be above the Law.
But in his reaction, the Director General Media and publicity, to the state government, Kingsley Fanwo, said Criminal cases are handled by the Police and other Law Enforcement Agencies.
Government he added doesn’t interfere in such issues saying they are serious about the fight against criminality.
“This government will never shield any culprit from facing justice”