Group Slams Fayemi Over Extra-Judicial Killings In Ekiti, Says Culprits Must Face Justice

By Akin Akande, Abuja

A political pressure group, the South West Defenders (SWD) has berated the Ekiti state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi over what it called his insensitivity to the plight of families of his former party members who were murdered and injured last Saturday, in Erijiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti West Local Government area of the state.

The group said it was inhuman for the governor not to have visited Erijiyan-Ekiti, since last Saturday that Ayo Jeje was killed and several others injured.

In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Lere Olayinka, SWD lamented the governor’s attitude to the relatives of the deceased.

“It is painful that instead of sympathising with the families of Ayo Jeje, who was brutally murdered and others that were wounded, Governor Fayemi has been concerned about the arrest and detention of his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) state Chairman,  Jide Awe, who was arrested for alleged complicity in the murder”. The statement said

The murdered Ayo Jeje was among the aggrieved members of the ACN that were billed to decamp to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

“It is even more worrisome that six days after the incident, Fayemi, who is the Chief Security Officer of Ekiti state has not uttered a word to condemn the ignoble act. Instead, all we have heard from his party is the condemnation of the arrest of Jide Awe”, SWD said.

“We then wonder which is more important, lost of lives or arrest and detention of an individual in furtherance of police investigation?”.

“We are further worried that with the murder in cold blood of Ayo Jeje, the number of people killed by suspected agents of the ruling ACN is now three.

SWD noted that Adeleye Awolumate, PDP Chairman for Osun Ward in Moba Local Government was killed in broad daylight on November 18, 2010 while Teslim Abiola, a 400 level Accounting student of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti was killed on September 26, 2012.

While calling for a thorough investigation of Ayo Jeje’s murder, the group noted that the perpetrators of the act must be brought to justice.