Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested Olagokun Odunayo, Kool-kloud Henry, Ugaju Joseph, Damilola Omidiji, Michael Kate and Banwo Olagokun for allegedly destroying campaign posters in the Ikeja area of Lagos State.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Sunday, said the suspects, who are members of the ‘Take It Back Movement’ of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, were caught ripping and replacing campaign posters of other parties and candidates with those of the AAC around 2:30am on Sunday.
Oti, who said the action of the suspects was against the law of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency to regulate outdoor advertising in the state, added that the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, had directed that the suspects be charged to court.
The PPRO said, “The anti-crime patrol team of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja Division, at around 2.30am on Sunday, December 9, 2018, arrested six young men namely: Olagokun Odunayo, Kool-kloud Henry, Ugaju Joseph, Damilola Omidiji, Michael Kate and Banwo Olagokun of the ‘Take It Back Movement’, tearing posters of other political parties and replacing them with those of the African Action Congress contrary to the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency law that forbids advertisers from pasting posters at no other hour than the day time.
“Recall that an agreement was reached to the effect that no political party should undertake the defacing of campaign posters of other political parties nor the destruction of their billboards at a meeting held at the Police Officers’ Mess, GRA, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, tagged: ‘Security and stakeholders’ meeting’ involving the INEC, chairmen of all political parties in the state and their flag bearers, chaired by the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi.
“The following exhibits were recovered from the suspects: a poster bearing the picture of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Mr Sowore, brush, buckets containing gums and torn posters of other political parties.”
Oti said Imohimi had directed that the suspects be charged to court today (Monday) for malicious damage and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace so as to serve as a deterrent to others.