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Twenty-four hours after a former governor of Ogun State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Aremo Olusegun Osoba addressed his loyalists on the state of things in the party, Security men attached to his house in Abeokuta were allegedly withdrawn .
The withdrawal was reportedly supervised by the state commissioner of Police in the state, Ikemefuna Okoye around 12 : 15 pm yesterday and were later restored four hours later.
But, in a swift reaction, the Police denied withdrawing any of its men from Osoba’s house, describing the allegation as malicious.
But, according to a source, the development might not be unconnected with the crisis in the party in the state which had led to the division in the party.
Both Osoba and the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun are leading the two factions in the state.
Aremo Osoba had on Thursday had addressed his loyalists in his Abeokuta House where he ruled out any reconciliation with Amosun and members of his faction.
When our correspondent visited the house of the former governor at GRA Ibara, Abeokuta, yesterday, no policemen were sighted at their post except his orderlies who had been attached to him.
One of the private security guards seen in the area simply identified as Ade explained that a car just approached the police unit in the front of Osoba’s house and role out the withdrawal order.
But the command insisted that no one gave the order of withdrawal of its men from the house, saying, the Police duty is to protect the property and lives of the people including the Very Important Personalities.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi the command has been posting its men to protect the house of Chief Osoba on regular basis.
He said ” the complaint is malicious . Anyone who could have complained that to you does not have the fear of God. The policemen are posted to the place on regular basis 24 hours and if for no reason they were not seen at that beat, they ought to have complained to the Police and not journalists.
“The Policemen could have reported late. The C P has been at a meeting,so, under who were they withdrawn? Policemen getting late to the beat is different from total withdrawal from their beat.
“We cannot shy away from the fact that the Policemen could have reported to that beat late but, we expected the people in charge of Osoba’s house to have told us that the men have not reported.
“Chief Osoba is a very Important Personalty and we have our duty to protect his property most especially his house in Abeokuta. Nobody has withdrawn the Police from his house, the statement is malicious”, he said.