A former commissioner in Lagos State and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, and five other people have been shot by a mobile policeman.
Bamidele, a former member of the seventh House of Representatives, with other victims were shot at the All Progressives Congress secretariat in Ajilosun, Ado Ekiti during a reception organised for the party’s flagbearer in the forthcoming governorship election in the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
A mobile policeman, who is security man attached to one of the VIPs at the venue of the reception was said to have been overwhelmed by thugs who were on ground praising VIPs with the aim of collecting money from them.
“The mobile policeman, in his effort to protect the VIPs, was using his gun to push away the crowd; some members of the crowd got annoyed and dragged the gun with him. It was then he shot sporadically in the air, to scare them away.”
“The mobile policeman in question who allegedly mishandled his gun was mobbed by angry party members who eventually disarmed him.
“He was said to have been behaving funny earlier in the day, leading to some of his colleagues urging him to surrender his weapon. Some had even alleged that he was probably drunk,” politicsngr report says.
Opeyemi Bamidele was said to have been hit by bullet while he’s with some other party bigwigs, he started muttering, “I have been hit by bullet, I have been hit by bullet,” repeatedly before he was rushed into a waiting car, and rushed to the hospital, The Punch reports.
Bamidele was standing with the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Fayemi and a former Minister of State for Works and new decampee to APC, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, when the mobile policeman pulled the trigger.
Angry mob descended on the mobile policeman and hit his head with sticks and other items.
He was seriously injured before his heavily armed colleagues came to rescue him.
“The mopol man could have been killed if help didn’t come from his colleagues,” a man who simply identified himself as Adegoke told infobase on phone.
Nigerian policemen have carelessly killed innocent Nigerians and motorists in the past, most especially on the road.
In all police stations in Nigeria “police is your friend”, ” bail is free” are the two most inscriptions one can find.
They have also been accused of corruption. They extort monies from motorists on Nigerian roads.
Efforts by previous administration to rid the police of bribery have failed.
At the time of filing this report, APC national body hasn’t reacted to the incidence, but we do know that investigation will be launched to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident.
Infobase has also not gotten any update about the health of Opeyemi Bamidele.
Ekiti is the only party in the South West, where opposition PDP is holding, and Aso Rock is said to be making effort to win the state in July 14 governorship election , because it’s politically significance to the 2019 General Elections.
The ruling party in the state led by Governor Ayodele Fayose had boasted before now that PDP would win in Ekiti over and over again.
We’ll keep you updated.