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SDP Chair arrested over unauthorise public event

By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo


The acting Chairman, Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Osun State, Elder Femi Awe was on Thursday whisked away by the Police for allegedly organising a public programme without authorization.
The programme commenced around 11:30am as Christian and Muslim clerics led prayers for Nigeria, Osun State and the party.
Hope Metro gathered that after a traditionalist offered prayers, Elder Awe was approached by some policemen in mufti who accused him of organising such a programme in public without informing security operatives.
However, Awe apologised and tendered copies of notification letters addressed to the police, DSS and NSCDC.
The operatives insisted the Commissioner of Police instructed them to bring him to Osun State Police Command for questioning.
Elder Awe was whisked away in an unregistered black jeep.
Reacting, the Osun SDP Secretary, Azeez Musbau, said: “We had informed the Police, Department of State Service (DSS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on April 14, 2021 about the programme.
“All the security agencies certified they received the copy, but we are surprised that the police came into the programme today and took away the chairman of the party even though we presented the copies of a letter that they received our notification.
“No matter the intimidation, we are a strong party in Osun State.”

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