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2019 Elections: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Security Issues in Ilorin

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Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki has expressed his worries about the security challenges that he and his supporters in Kwara are likely to face.

While speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, the former governor alleged that security bodies have been protecting those who have otherwise been violent against his party members, in the state.

He also complained that officers of the Nigerian Police Force have been continuously hostile to him and anyone who supports the Peoples Democratic Party. Saraki then went further to mention three cases to explain his worries.

At first, he explained that PDP party members were attacked on Thursday around Adewole/Adeta area of Ilorin, while they there having their weekly meeting.

Senator Bukola Saraki said,  “They disrupted the meetings by shouting their party slogan and when our people responded by mentioning our own slogan, they fired gunshots into their midst in Adewole/Adeta. They also inflicted machete cuts on some of them. As a result of this attack, two people suffered bullet wounds.”

2019 Elections: Saraki Raises Alarm Over Security Issues in Ilorin

He equally lamented that the thugs later went to the quarters where his family reside, destroyed properties, and injured some people with their machetes too.

“All these destructions took place in the presence of policemen who came with them but watched without any care, as the APC thugs and supporters unleashed violence on our people.

“For me, personally, I believe the decision to attack people and properties in my family ancestral compound is a direct affront and attack on my person.

“And whatever signal these APC elements with support from the police believe they are sending is definitely sinister, uncivilized and unfortunate.

“Our people have filed reports of the incidents in relevant police stations in Ilorin but we have doubts that anything tangible and constructive will come out of these reports,” Saraki revealed.

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He later explained why he has lost confidence in the Nigerian Police Force, stressing that he was not certain about what information that the IG of Police would have passed on.

“It should also be noted that IGP has posted three different Commissioners of Police to Kwara State in the last six months.

“In fact, the previous and current Commissioner of Police in the State got strict instructions from the IGP not to relate or engage with the Senate President.

“The usual practice has been that the Commissioner of Police personally ensures the security of the Senate President whenever he visits his home state.

“That was the practice during the period of my predecessor and in my first year in office.

“Thus, the entire world should hold the IGP responsible if anything untoward happens to members of my family and myself.”

 

 

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