The Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, has been redeployed, it was learnt on Thursday.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police, M. J. Gana, it was learnt, has been directed to take charge of the state during the elections and until violence in the state subsides.
In an interview with our correspondent in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Joseph Adaraniwon, said “We have no problem with the deployment. The power to redeploy is with the Police authorities.”
The State Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Taiwo Olatubosun, could not be reached for comments.
Ekiti State has been embroiled in crisis immediately after the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), as the winner of the March 28 Presidential election.
Gunmen last Wednesday in Ekiti attacked the APC Secretariat and jubilant members of the party.
The APC petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, over attacks on its members in Erijiyan Ekiti by thugs allegedly loyal to the People’s Democratic Party on the eve of Saturday’s Presidential election.
The petition signed by the State Secretary of the party, Paul Omotoso, was also sent to National Human Rights Commission, Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone Eight in Lokoja, Commissioner of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, and State Director of Department of State Services, Samuel Tamuno.
There is also a raging controversy over who killed one Modupe Olaiya who died during the wild protest by members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Efon-Alaaye in Ekiti on Tuesday.
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, in a petition to the IGP, accused a lawmaker of firing the shot that killed the deceased.
He alleged that the APC lawmakers were escorted by five fully armed mobile policemen, who he later discovered to have been brought from MOPOL 20 in Lagos State.