State Commissioner, 11 Others Accused Of ‘Terrorism’

Following a recent political demonstration in Ado-Ekiti on June 8, where one man was killed, and scores arrested, a serving commissioner in Ekiti State, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, along with 11 others have been charged with Nigerian Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act.

The case, marked FHC/ABJ/CR/118/14, which was filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday and assigned to Justice Evoh Chukwu would come up for arraignment on Wednesday, 18 June.

According to a report by Sahara Reporters, the complaint says that Afuye who is the Ekiti State Commissioner for Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs, and other members of the APC, had used dangerous weapons, and devices at the Ado-Ekiti rally that led, indirectly, to the death of motorcyclist, who police identify as Peter Akin while many others sustained injuries.

There is also a claim of property damage that includes the destruction of motor vehicles, and motorcycles.

After the incident, Funminiyi Afuye, had instituted a civil rights suit, and sued the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanma, and the Mobile Police Commander, Gabriel Selenkere, demanding N1 billion as “exemplary damages” for his unlawful detention and physical assault by Selenkere.

That suit was filed last week before a federal high Court , FCYT Division, on Wednesday June 11th by one DSP Oloye Torugbene of the Legal/Prosecution Unit at the Police Force Criminal Investigations Department in Abuja.

On June 8, what started out as a peaceful assembly by members of the All Progressives Congress in Ado Ekiti turned chaotic as one man was killed, others arrested and vehicles destroyed.

Not long after the incident, police appeared and broke up the rally, made scores of arrests, and reportedly attacked several participants, including prominent citizens of Ekiti including the governor, Kayode Fayemi.

Meanwhile, several Ado-Ekiti residents who witnessed the brutality of the police, stated that the local police there had attacked supporters of the All People’s Congress (APC), who had legally assembled.

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