A storm of reactions by Nigerians has greeted the arrest of Ademola Adeleke, the lawmaker representing Osun west senatorial district, by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Naja News had reported earlier that Adeleke, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 governorship election in Osun state, southwest Nigeria, was detained by the police.
This online news platform understands that the Osun West lawmaker honoured an invitation at the force headquarters in Abuja before he was detained.
Giving an update on Adeleke’s detention during an interview with TheCable, Frank Mba, force spokesman, said Adeleke was detained in connection with ongoing criminal investigations against him.
Speaking further, the force spokesman said the 2018 Osun PDP governorship candidate will be charged to court on Tuesday (today), May 7.
“Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening of today 6th May 2019 in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person,” the police spokesman said.
Apparently displeased with the development, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to express disappointment over Adeleke’s arrest.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Nigeria, but how long?? Adeleke was arrested for the same crime committed by former Finance Minister, but the latter was told to "go and sin no more". Mr president still parade questionable WAEC certificate, yet no outrage from any quarter. Don't let us forget Ganduje's gate.
— Abiola Israel (@abiola_isreal) May 7, 2019
If truly Mr Adeleke has same problem as @KemiAdeosunng he should step aside from anything leadership in this country just like auntie Kemi did ,
we should all stop following PDP APC blindly
Person wey no get certificate no fit lead us
Na wetin him go teach us? Forgery? @Audu pic.twitter.com/Nd9WSoNMlV
— Afrobeat (@Afrobeat_World) May 7, 2019
Dear PDP, I’ll be watching to see how you handle this comical detention of Senator Adeleke by the APC Police. #FreeAdeleke
— Henry Shield (@henryshield) May 6, 2019
For a matter that is in Court, they are using police to harass Adeleke. This is their way of holding on to their stolen mandate in Osun.
The logic of a monkey.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) May 6, 2019
Good evening everyone please if you are available by 9am Tom morning..our attention is needed at Mpape Magistrate Court for Senator Adeleke!
This madness has to stop…
— Anthony Ehilebo (@AnthonyEhilebo) May 6, 2019
Those who connived with the Police to rig #OsunRerun are working freely, while the victim – Adeleke, who actually won the #OsunDecides but was denied, is hounded by the Police. This is a country of injustice and wickedness. We all have a responsibility to fight injustice. https://t.co/9KWBf42s7I
— Sir.Ariyo-Dare Atoye (@AriyoAristotle) May 6, 2019
BUHARI, FOR GOD SAKE STOP THIS MADNESS AND LEAVE DEMOLA ADELEKE ALONE! DETAINING HIM WILL NOT HELP YOU. WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT HE WILL BE SWORN IN AS GOVERNOR OF OUR BELOVED OSUN STATE. IMOLE TI DE! YOU WILL NOT AND CANNOT ROB THE PEOPLE OF OSUN OR DENY THEM THEIR CHOICE!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 6, 2019
APC has destroyed all our institutions and they won't stop till they destroy the country. If una like they hail dem dey go. We go see where all of us go land! Senator Adeleke And Gov Elect osun state Arrested by Buhari police Tyranny. pic.twitter.com/m2UQJgYzvA
— Alh Ibrahim Tanko (@AlhIbrahimTank3) May 6, 2019
After working so hard to arrest and detain Senator Adeleke on behalf of APC, IGP Adamu loses more weight.
— Lere Olayinka – Aresa 1 (@OlayinkaLere) May 6, 2019