Ogun Deputy Speaker Arrested, Detained over Alleged Assault on SSG
Police in Ogun State has arrested and detained the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri, for allegedly leading suspected hoodlums to invade the 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.
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.
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.