The raid on the home of the sacked Chairman of the Oyo State Park Management System, Mukaila Lamidi, aka Auxiliary, has been linked to an alleged attempt by his loyalists to cause trouble in the state following the dissolution of the PMS committee by the state governor, Seyi Makinde, The PUNCH reports.
An impeccable source, who made the revelation to our correspondent on Tuesday, said the police acted swiftly to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state, adding that during the raid, Lamidi escaped.
The source, who craved anonymity over fears of harassment, said, “From what we gathered, the police acted on the information that some members of the Auxiliary’s camp wanted to cause trouble based on the government disbanding their operations in the state.
“So, the police were proactive, stormed their location, made some arrests and recovered some arms and ammunition. But Auxiliary was not arrested. The people arrested were in connection with the fact that intelligence linked them to an attempt to cause trouble in the state today.”
Contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, while confirming the arrest of the suspects, promised to give further updates on the development.
His text message read, “I confirm the incident and assure you that further updates will be provided accordingly.”
The PUNCH had reported that policemen in the state, while raiding Lamidi’s apartment, arrested some suspects and recovered weapons and ammunition.
However, unconfirmed reports indicated that the suspects might be paraded at the state police headquarters.
Meanwhile, Makinde had on Monday ordered the immediate dissolution of the disciplinary committee of the Park Management System led by Lamidi.
This was made known in a statement by the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, in Ibadan, the state capital.
He said, “I have the directive of the State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to inform you of the dissolution of the disciplinary committee of PMS with immediate effect from Monday, May 29, 2023.”