10 February 2013

Nigeria: Ondo Commissioner Arrested Over Acid Attack On Labour Party Chief

The Ondo State Commissioner for Natural Resources, Oluboyo Lateef Oluboyo, has been questioned by the police over an alleged role in an acid attack on a chieftain of the Labour Party.

Mr. Oluboyo was arrested alongside four others weekend amid allegations he was behind the attack on Adetute Ajisafe.

Mr. Ajisafe was bathed with acid in his shop, in Akure, the Ondo state capital penultimate week.

In a petition sent to the State Police Commissioner by his lawyer, Mr. Ajisafe, a former chairman of the State Forest Monitoring Unit accused the Commissioner of sponsoring the attack.

He alleged that the Commissioner threatened to deal with him few days before his attack following a petition sent earlier by Mr. Ajisafe to the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko over alleged atrocities being perpetrated by the Commissioner and some officials of his ministry.

Mr. Oluboyo has denied sponsoring the attack and promised to assist the police at ensuring that the attackers are arrested.

Spokesperson of the state police command, Mr. Wole Ogodo confirmed that the commissioner and four other suspects were quizzed by men of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to establish their alleged role in the matter.

Mr. Ogodo said the police specifically invited the commissioner to establish whether or not he actually called and threatened the victim on phone as alleged few days before the incident happened.

"It was the duty of the police to protect the lives and properties of the citizenry, and justice would prevail in the matter irrespective of the personalities involved," the police spokesperson said.

The matter has been transferred from Ala police station to the state CID.

Sources at the State Police Command said the commissioner dressed in white flowing Agbada was interrogated and detained till the following morning before he was granted bail with other suspects.

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