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Abiru writes IGP, requests probe of PDP murder allegation

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for senatorial bye-election in Lagos East, Tokunbo Abiru, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate attempted murder allegation the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Babatunde Gbadamosi, levelled against him.

Abiru, the immediate past Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Bank Ltd, added that the need to investigate the allegation became imperative in order to expose and apprehend those who attempted to murder the PDP candidate and members of his campaign team.

He made this demand in a letter his counsel, Kemi Pinheiro, addressed to the inspector-general on October 12, requesting that the police authority duly investigates attempted murder allegation brought against him.

On two different occasions, Gbadamosi had on his Twitter handle asked the APC candidate to warn members of his campaign team against murder and assassination. This is the second attempt against us.

Also, the PDP candidate had alleged that one of his activists was almost assassinated by four gunmen, who admitted that they had been trailing him for sometimes. He barely escaped with his life.

Disturbed by this allegation, Abiru described the allegations as grave, thereby appealing to the IGP to institute a detailed investigation that would basically ascertain the veracity of the allegations made publicly by the PDP candidate against him.

The APC senatorial candidate asked the IGP to use his office to expedite action and arrest the perpetrator if there was any as alleged by the PDP candidate.

He said: “If the allegations turned out to be false, the police boss should not hesitate to institute legal actions as contained in cybercrime law, Criminal Code Act and Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

The APC candidate denied any form of connection to the allegations and any insinuation whatsoever in that regard considering his antecedent as a law-abiding citizen of Nigeria.

He added that he had never been involved in any criminal cases during his years in public service and in the financial sector of the country.
After his attention was drawn to Gbadamosi’s allegation against him, Abiru said he found it weighty and worrisome that he was been linked to have been behind a heinous crime of murder.

The letter said Abiru “is a person of high moral standard and rectitude who has never been involved in any form of criminality or criminal conduct. Our client denies any form of connection to the allegations and any insinuation whatsoever in that regard.

“Our client hereby calls on your good and esteemed office to cause a very detailed investigation into these allegations to ascertain the veracity of same and culpability of anyone involved in such actions.

“In the event that the allegations turn out to be false, upon conclusion of investigations, our client requests that you, pursuant to section 24 of the cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention ETC) Act 2015, section 59 of the Criminal Code Act, Section 39 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State and other relevant statutes, take appropriate actions,” the letter read.

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