Police in Ondo state on Sunday confirmed the arrest of seven persons suspected to be political thugs in Ifon, in Ose Local Government Area of the state, with local arms in a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) branded vehicle.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Mr. Tee- Leo Ikoro, who confirmed this said the operations took place over the weekend when the seven suspects were arrested by detectives from the state police command.
He said the weapons were recovered during a special raid by the police in the local government areas and the seven hoodlums were arrested.
Ikoro said “it is correct, the information is correct. We are investigating this but the hoodlums are arrested with a branded vehicle purportedly using the name of PDP.
“But you know this is political period, anything can happen but our investigation will prove at the end of the day if they are member of PDP or not. Seven of them are arrested with local arms”
But in their swift reaction, while the Akeredolu Campaign Organisation, expressed shock over the arrest of the hoodlums with guns in PDP vehicle, the Eyitayo Jegede campaign group said it is an affirmation of the previous alarm and warnings on the criminal arms build-up by the ruling party to implicate the opposition party in the state.
In a statement signed by Gbenga Akinmoyo on behalf of Eyitayo Jegede campaign group, who “the general public has been alerted long before now as to the sinister plans being hatched by the ruling APC in Ondo State to adorn political thugs in PDP branded materials to unleash mayhem on itself and the gathering of other political parties with the sole intention of putting the blame on the PDP.
“The APC who boasted of militancy, arms and ammunition through one of their party chieftains and unleashed unprovoked mayhem on the PDP a few days ago in a botched assassination attempt on the PDP governorship candidate have moved to the next scene of the unfolding drama.