A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in Kogi State, Mr. Ayodeji Olumudi, has been identified as one of the suspects a member paraded by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police on Monday in Lagos.
Olumudi, who wore a red T-shirt during the parade, once vied for a seat into the House of Representatives on the platform of the PDP during the 2011 General Elections.
According to a report by The Nation on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) at FSARS, Adeniji-Adele Street, Lagos, paraded an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Ekiti State, Itunnu Odeyemi, and eight others, saying they were notorious for snatching exotic cars.
Odeyemi confessed to have provided his political thug, Omoniyi Ajewole, with a gun, which was recovered by the police. This led to the arrest of the Ekiti APC member.
One of the other eight has turned out to be a PDP chief in Kogi State. His PDP campaign poster was obtained by The Nation yesterday.
Reacting yesterday to the new twist to the story, the police image maker said: “The idea of anybody trying to read political colouration into it is rather unfortunate. We were concerned about the robbery, and if the suspect had not opened up that he was a political thug, perhaps that would not have come up. Ajewole said it so openly that it would have been difficult for anybody to contest the fact. But if anyone has any additional information from anywhere, that is alright. So people should not drag us into politics.
“The other person, even if he was a politician, the interrogation probably never took us to that direction. In investigation, it is not possible for you to know everything about a suspect”, Mba added.