Security agencies smash thugs’ camps ahead of Ondo guber poll
Security Agencies have destroyed thugs encampments ahead of the upcoming Ondo State gubernatorial election coming up on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
The thugs, who were settled in secret camps around the state and in some hotels, were reportedly seen milling around with strange vehicles and companies.
A Civil Society Organisation, the Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), had raised alarm in a memo sent to ElombahNews titled “Election Security Alert“.
RULAAC, referring to the Ondo State Governorship Election, alerted as follows:
“Independent election observers on the ground in Ondo State have informed that there are some people lodged at Sunview hotel, Alagbaka, Akure, for about a week and probably for the next one week.
“They don’t look like regular lodgers.
“They look suspicious with their mannerisms, outlook and appearances as political thugs, probably kept there for next Saturday’s governorship election.
“They are mostly lodged at the extension of the hotel.
“It is imperative that the IGP [Inspector General of Police] sends a surveillance team to the hotel as a preemptive measure,” the memo reads.
Meanwhile, earlier on Friday, a Twitter user, Deji Adesogan, on his Twitter handle @DejiAdesogan, had confirmed the onslaught against thugs in some remote areas of the state.
“JUST IN: Ahead of the next Saturday governorship election in Ondo State, #Military comprising of the Nigerian Army/Navy and Paramilitary Security Agencies in the state have destroyed militant camps in the riverine Ilaje & Ese-Odo LGA’s of the state to ensure violent free poll.”
In the upcoming governorship election, the incumbent governor, Alakurin Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be squaring up against his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, SAN, in an election which has promised to be fiercely contested.