Police ‘arrest’ Kogi lawmaker, Sani

Police ‘arrest’ Kogi
lawmaker, Sani

Men of the special anti-robbery
squad (SARS) in Kogi have arrested
Friday Sani, a member of the Kogi
state house of assembly (PDP),
representing the Igalamela/ Odolu
John Adele, The counsel to Sani, told
journalists in Lokoja, capital of the
state, on Saturday that the lawmaker
was arrested along the Odolu-Nsukka
road on Friday.
Adele said his client had gone Nsukka
to make some purchase in readiness
for the annual Odolu Day, which he
is a chief promoter of.
The counsel said that the policemen
shot at the tyres of his client’s
vehicle, so as to be able to effect the
arrest on what he described as
“spurious allegations”.
He appealed to Solomon Arase, the
inspector-general of police, to
intervene and ensure the release of
Sani, pending further investigations.
“We will not encourage him to flout
the law. He is prepared to stand
trial,” he said.
Also speaking on the issue, Isah
Adejo, chairman of the PDP in the
Igalamela/ Odolu local government
area, alleged that the arrest was
masterminded by his opponents in
the April 11 state house of assembly
He said that the PDP would resist any
attempt to deny Sani the mandate
freely given to him by the people,
adding that anyone aggrieved about
the outcome of the election should
seek redress at the election petitions
Sunday Ogu, a member of the Odolu
community, described the arrest of
Sani on the eve of the annual Odolu
Day as an “unfortunate and sad
He appealed for the immediate
release of Sani, whom he described
as “a good community man,” saying
his arrest had thrown the entire
community into sorrow.
Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, the
commissioner of police, failed to
answer several phone calls made to
get his reaction to the development.


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