Kwara police arrest gov’s aide for driving against traffic, assault
• Denies arresting him for illegal possession of firearms, illicit drug
The police in Kwara State have arrested the special assistant to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Rural Mobilisation, Mr. Musibau Esinrogundo for allegedly driving against traffic and assault on warden. He was arrested at a junction adjoining the state headquarters of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin.
Spokesman for Kwara State Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed this, in a statement yesterday, however denied reports of his alleged possession of ‘cannabis sativa’ and a pistol with bullets being peddled in a trending video clip in the social media.
Okasanmi stressed that the governor’s aide was being assaulted by some passers-by for slapping a traffic warden, before he was rescued to the Command’s headquarters, being the closest police presence to the scene.
The PPRO said: “The attention of Kwara State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip making the rounds on some social media platforms depicting a scene of a man later identified as Comrade Musibau Esinrogunjo, being interrogated by a group of people over the recovery of some quantities of substance, suspected to be Indian hemp and a cartridge wrapped in a paper. He was also seen being slapped by an unidentified person.
“The Command wishes to set the record straight. The video in question was posted by a mischievous individual to achieve a result still unknown to the Command.
“What actually transpired in the day was that, the man in the video later identified to be one Musibau Esinrogunjo was caught committing a traffic offence by driving against traffic, thereby causing a serious traffic hold-up at NYSC Secretariat junction, Ahmadu Bello way, Ilorin.
“The traffic warden on duty, who arrested him for the offence was dealt a slap by Mr. Esinrogunjo and his aide, which drew the anger of passers-by around the vicinity.
“They attempted to physically assault him, but for the prompt arrival of police officers that rescued and took the parties to the police Headquarters, the closest police formation to the scene.
“The incident was looked into by a very senior police officer in the command and Esinrogunjo was later identified to be Special Assistant to the state governor. He was warned to desist from such behaviour in future. The traffic warden assaulted by Esinrogunjo was pacified and asked to go back to his duty post, while Esinrogunjo was also released.
“The command wishes to reiterate that, at no time was the suspect, Esinrogunjo arrested for being in possession of weeds or bullets. It was a case of driving against the traffic and physically assaulting a police man that brought him to the police Headquarters.
“The Command has nothing to do with the video in circulation. Esinrogunjo was arrested for traffic offence and assault, which had been satisfactorily dealt with.”