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My Arrest In Osun: We Are In A Militarized Democracy – Mohammed

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National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed has slammed President Jonathan for the deployment of over 70,000 soldiers to Osun to monitor Saturday’s election, saying it shows that “we are in a militarized democracy.”

“Irrespective of the outcome of the Osun election, democracy has been dealt a near-mortal blow. 73,000 ‘security agents’, including the military, police, DSS, Civil Defence, ex-militants, thugs and murderers, deployed to police election in just one state?”

Mohammed, who said he was arrested hours before the election commenced late on Friday night said he was lucky to be alive.

The APC spokesman was said to have been arrested alongside a media aide to the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr. Afolabi Afolabi Salisu, Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.

“We were being driven to the Government House when we were stopped at a military check point by men in military and DSS uniforms, all hooded and armed to the teeth with AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and other weapons. Since there was no curfew in Osun and people were moving around freely, we felt it was a routine check.

“Suddenly, the men, some of them apparently drunk, ordered us out of the car, took our phones, pointed their assault rifles at our heads and said ‘you are under arrest’. They herded us into their bus like animals and drove away. There is no doubt that they knew who we are because I introduced myself!

“From our encounter with our tormentors, there is also no doubt that these were not just soldiers and DSS officials, there were also ex-militants and thugs, all clad in military and DSS uniforms but apparently lacking in any training! We also witnessed how men in military and DSS uniform fired their guns at the gate leading to the residence of Senator Isiaka Adeleke to force it open!

“We asked them why we were being arrested, but they ignored our question as they drove for close to one hour before veering into a compound that turned out to be the offices of the DSS. There, we met people who had been previously arrested and stripped of their clothing, many of them bloodied from the beatings to which they must have been subjected.

“We were herded to one side as our tormentors marched around triumphantly, in what could well have been a scene from the Ukraine! We were waiting for our turn to be stripped of our apparels and taken along with those who were arrested earlier to the DSS cells when a man who is apparently a senior DSS official intervened and ordered our release. The men who arrested us, apparently unhappy at the order to set us free, rejected the order, until the man asserted his authority and even accompanied us to where we were arrested from.

“Our party, the APC, has, no doubt, whatsoever that the depravity being exhibited under President Jonathan’s watch, in the name of politics, has his imprimatur. We have no doubt that elections, which should be a celebration of democracy, have now been turned to war because of the desperation of President Jonathan to win re-election at all costs. We have no doubt that the anarchic Minister of State for Defence and Minister of Police Affairs, who are leading the ”troops” in Osun as they did in Ekiti, are taking their cue from President Jonathan.

“If those Ministers can move around freely in Osun and elsewhere, why can’t other Nigerians, irrespective of the party they belong to? If a PDP “hireling” like Chris Uba can be put in the command of 50 soldiers of the Nigerian Army, why should anyone still be under any illusion that the Nigerian Army is still serving the nation? Where else in the world is a thug commanding disciplined forces?

“We (Lai Mohammed, Sunday Dare and Afolabi Salisu), are just fortunate to be alive. The guns pointed at our heads by drunken armed men could have gone off! Since our arrest took place in the dark, we could have been driven to an unknown destination and shot dead! This is a dangerous time for Nigeria and her democracy,” the statement said.

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  1. Ilo ramson

    August 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Why has Mr lie lie Mohammed exagerated the incident? Every thing that happened and his story does not make any sense to me or even a common man at all. Apc should learn how to tell nigerians the truth at all times with out exagerations.

  2. Bimbo

    August 10, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Some people just open their mouths to say rubbish all in d name of defending Jonathan and everything that has to do wit him. If not, why would someone say Mr Lai Mohamed was telling a lie or exaggerated wot happened when he or she was no where near d venue of d incident

  3. rosy

    August 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    @Bimbo,thank you for echoing my exact thoughts.

  4. Arowosegbe Amos

    August 10, 2014 at 10:16 am

    @ilo goatson,I think u a medical check up.

  5. olukarago

    August 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    To me if u wnt 2 support a govt do that but don’t be an extremist 2 it dat u 4get d basic principles of human right. If all other citizens irrespective of their position nd duty move free y can’t Lai Mohammed move freely. If he says he was arrested then it should be investigated b4 u call him names. 4 me thr is no need 4 70000 security personnels in jst osun election wen need dem on ground 2 bring back 200 female children who needs help in a forest. Minister Of state of defence or wat ur position. I don’t think u knw ur duty mayb u think u’re d oga of vigilantants. We need ur service in Maduguri, @ d borders 2 save guide againt Ebola nd not Election. Nigerians Wake up

  6. Godswill

    August 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    that ilo ram or what is he called is mad, yes you are, I don’t know why some people like u comment like this in d name of sentiment, pls were u there, pls answer my question? idiot, u don’t know what all this our stupid so called security personnel are capable of doing? except few that are good… mumu

  7. rahim matt

    August 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

    WE SHOULD Comment GEJ for making sure that the osun election was credible and peaceful. that is what the fg was trying to accomplish by bringing in security operatives, the security personnels who are incharge of going to sambisa are doing there job. let us not begin to blame this person or that person. we should be saying kudos to jonathan that all the elections conducted under his watch have been successful. wen adams oshiomole won the elections in edo he thanked gej for bringing in the security operatives so why are is the apc complianing.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

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“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

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He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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