Demolition of billboards, Oyo council boss, another nabs


Following allegation of demolition of billboards belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the next week’s election, President Goodluck Jonathan, Oyo State Police Command has arrested the caretaker chairman, Oyo-West Local Government, Ojongbodu in Oyo town, Soji Ojoawo and one Taiwo Balogun, popularly known as ‘ewu’.

Ojoawo, popularly called S.O.J by admirers belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and he was alleged to have ordered and supervised the demolition of the President Jonathan’s campaign billboard erected around the Oyo West secretariat complex on Sunday morning, less than six hours after it was erected.

Oyo Police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the arrest of the duo and disclosed that the matter had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigations

“I can confirm to you that one Mr. Soji Ojoawo popularly called S.O.J who is the chairman of Oyo-West Local Government, Ojongbodu has been arrested alongside one Taiwo Balogun, a.k.a ewu for the roles they played in the demolition of campaign billboards in the local government area.

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“The case has been transferred to the special CID, Iyaganku for further investigations and the outcome of our findings will determine the next step of action to be taken”, he added.

Ajisebutu who would not want to pre-empt the investigation explained that depending on what the command finds out in the investigation and the decision of the complainant would determine if the matter would be transferred to court or not

“It is most likely the matter is transferred to the court, but it depends on the outcome of the investigation and decisions of the complainants”, he added

Ajisebutu however explained that Mutairu Adekunle, caretaker chairman, Oyo-East Local government, Durbar, had acknowledged and reconciled with aggrieved parties and promised to repair the billboards.

“This is the fallout of a peace meeting brokered by the Durbar Divisional Police station between the council boss and the complainant

“On the chairman of Oyo East, he has agreed to repair the damaged billboards in his local government area, I think agreement has been reached and peace has returned to the area. So, there is no problem about that side”, the police spokesperson stated.

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