Oluwole Josiah

Members of the Armed Forces, the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been deployed in Ado Ekiti the Ekiti State capital, to quell a crisis occasioned by a protest of drivers over the death of their member on Saturday.

The driver, identified as Tope Ajayi, was shot on Saturday in Itaji Ekiti, during a clash between supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress and those of the Social Democratic Party.

The protest of the union members, backed by other members of the APC in the state began in the early hours of Sunday, sparking tensions and fears of possible reprisal attack on members of the SDP.

The APC had accused the SDP campaign of masterminding the shooting of its supportters including Mr Itaji, a member of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, who was shot and killed during the clash.

It was gathered that the protest forced many residents to cancel going to church in the morning, locked, and the streets were deserted for fear of being caught in the fray.

Roads to major places like Ijigbo, Odo -Ado, Okeyinmi, Atikankan and Ajilosun areas, were blocked by the protesters, who brandished dangerous weapons, forcing motorists and commercial motorcyclists to take other routes to avoid being attacked.

However a combined team of the  Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, was deployed flashpoints in Ado Ekiti to forestall any major.biolence.

The security forces took over areas such as Ijigbo, Atikankan, Basiri, Ajilosun and Ilawe road in the state capital, with a view to avert looming reprisal attack.

Besides patrolling the streets in Hilux truck, they stationed three Armoured Personnel Carriers in strategic locations in the state capital

Although normalcy had gradually returned to various parts of Ado Ekiti as of the time of filing this report, it was learnt that the Assumpta  area, where Tosin Aluko’s motor park was located was still witnessing a lock down.

When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, said his men had been able to quell the crisis and restored calm to Ado metropolis, after the early morning bedlam.

He added that the Police Commissioner, Morounkeji Adesina, had ordered heavy deployment of anti-riot and plain-clothed policemen to some of the identified flashpoints across the state, to ward off violence and bloodshed.

“The Police Commissioner and other security outfits have been trying to ensure that this election is violence-free, and other stakeholders, especially the political actors must join us, because no election is worth the blood of any citizen,” said Mr Abutu.

“Concerning what has been happening in the political scene, the CP had ordered full investigations into reported cases of shooting and disruption and we are assuring you that those found guilty will be severely dealt with.”

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