Police in Ogun State on Friday arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri, for allegedly leading suspected hoodlums to invade residence of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tokunbo Talabi, in Oru-Ijebu, Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State.
Kadiri was held on Friday at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Police headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.
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The Deputy Speaker was alleged to have led thugs to invade and vandalise the SSG’s residence in Oru-Ijebu and that of a former State Legislator, Hon. Adebiyi Odugbesan.
Kadiri was said to have accused the SSG and Adegbesan of hoarding the registration materials for the ongoing All Progressives Congress (APC) registration and revalidation exercise in the State.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed Kadiri’s arrest, saying he is being investigated.
Oyeyemi said, “Some people reported him (Kadiri) to the police, accusing him of leading thugs to the house of a former lawmaker, where they attacked him and vandalised his house.
“Another person also reported that he led thugs to the residence of the SSG and also vandalised the SSG’s house.
“A Supervisory Councillor in his local government also reported that, he (Kadiri) forcibly seized the registration materials and when the police went there to recover the materials, this same man led about 20 men and assaulted the Supervisory Councillor in the presence of the police and also held the policemen hostage for almost two hours.
“No body is above the law, anybody who runs foul of the law has to face the music, that is why he was arrested and is being investigated and he will be charged to court after the conclusion of the investigation”.
20 Lawmakers demand His Impeachment
Meanwhile, about 20 lawmakers in the Assembly have called for the impeachment of Kadiri as the Deputy Speaker for alleged gross misconduct.
The lawmakers in a letter dated February 23, jointly signed and addressed to the Clerk of the House, accused Kadiri of alleged “abuse of office, threat to lives and properties, conduct likely to cause a breach of peace and attempted murder, committed in his constituency as petitioned by Chief Adebiyi Odugbesan from his constituency.”
They urged the House to commence the process of removing Kadiri from office as the Deputy Speaker of the House, with immediate effect.
But, reacting to his arrest, Kadiri denied the allegations, which he said was orchestrated to tarnish his political image.
Speaking through his aide, on Friday evening, Kadiri fingered the SSG as the brain behind his arrest.
He also accused him of clandestinely orchestrating his impeachment as the deputy speaker of the OGHA.