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Oh, dear, what’s happening in Ekiti?

Youths
on the rampage in Ado Ekiti on 26 September, 2014, following two days
of violence which has already claimed the life of a leading PDP
supporter.

A fracas has broken out in Ekiti
state after a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, Chief
Omolafe Aderiye, was shot dead by unknown gunmen last night.

The late Aderiye had
accompanied Fayose to the High Court complex in Ado-Ekiti  when the
governor-elect attended the sitting of the Governorship Election Petition
Tribunal. His supporters beat up a judge in the process.
As soon as news of his death got to
the inhabitants of the state, supporters of the deceased, who was a former
state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), took to
the streets causing mayhem and vandalizing properties.
When contacted, the state police
spokesman, Victor Babayemi, gave no comment on the issue.
In a related development, the
campaign office of incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, is currently ablaze.
The exact cause of the fire remains
to be ascertained, although speculation is rife that it may be a retaliation by
Fayose’s supporters, following the shooting of Aderiye.
Update:  Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has now imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on all parts of the
state.


“I have taken the decision to institute a dusk to dawn
curfew in the state immediately. Accordingly, there would be no movement
between the hours of 7.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. everyday till further notice,” the
governor said in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, while addressing
journalists Friday.

He also directed “the Attorney General of the state to
issue a legal advisory to the Chief Judge of the state and all the parties to
the existing cases in the State High Court and the Ekiti State Governorship
Elections Petitions Tribunal, on the desirability of seeking an alternative
venue for the hearing of these cases outside Ekiti State.”

“The State can no longer afford to witness the bizarre
spectacle of the beating up of judicial officers and wanton intimidation of
lawyers and court personnel,” Mr. Fayemi said.

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