The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State has issued a strong condemnation of what it describes as unwarranted and unjustified actions by the Kwara State Police, accusing them of suppressing dissenting voices on behalf of the Abdulrazaq-led state government.
In a statement released by the State Publicity Secretary, Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments), the PDP expressed deep concern over the recent arrest and detention of an Islamic cleric, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Babaimole, during Friday evening prayers in a mosque in the Pakata area of Ilorin.
The party alleges that the arrests are politically motivated and aimed at stifling criticism of the government.
The statement further claims that the detained cleric is being coerced into falsely implicating the State Publicity Secretary, Comrade Olusegun Olusola Adewara (Sholyments), in order to fabricate charges against him. The PDP accuses the Kwara Police of assisting the government in creating a political crisis within the state.
The PDP highlighted ongoing arrests targeting opposition figures and government critics in Ilorin, with reports of police storming homes to effect arrests on behalf of the Kwara state government.
Comrade Solihu Onirakunmi and Comrade Jimoh Olamilekan Waheed are mentioned as recent arrests related to government criticism.
Expressing disappointment in the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, the PDP called for the immediate release of those unlawfully detained and urged the Inspector General of Police to intervene, citing concerns about the impartiality of law enforcement in Kwara.
The statement concluded by urging the Inspector General of Police to intervene promptly and prevent the state from descending into a political crisis.
The Kwara PDP’s allegations underscore the growing tensions between political factions within the state, raising concerns about the state of democracy and freedom of speech in Kwara.