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Riot in Ekiti over assassination of NURTW chairman | Photo

A fracas has broken out in Ekiti state after a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti, Chief Omolafe Aderiye, was shot dead by unknown gunmen last night.

The late Aderiye had accompanied Fayose to the High Court complex in Ado-Ekiti when the governor-elect attended the sitting of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal. His supporters beat up a judge in the process.

As soon as news of his death got to the inhabitants of the state, supporters of the deceased, who was a former state Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), took to the streets causing mayhem and vandalizing properties.
When contacted, the state police spokesman, Victor Babayemi, gave no comment on the issue.
In a related development, the campaign office of incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, is currently ablaze.
The exact cause of the fire remains to be ascertained, although speculation is rife that it may be a retaliation by Fayose’s supporters, following the shooting of Aderiye.
Update: Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has now imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on all parts of the state.
�I have taken the decision to institute a dusk to dawn curfew in the state immediately. Accordingly, there would be no movement between the hours of 7.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. everyday till further notice,” the governor said in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, while addressing journalists Friday.
He also directed �the Attorney General of the state to issue a legal advisory to the Chief Judge of the state and all the parties to the existing cases in the State High Court and the Ekiti State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal, on the desirability of seeking an alternative venue for the hearing of these cases outside Ekiti State.”
�The State can no longer afford to witness the bizarre spectacle of the beating up of judicial officers and wanton intimidation of lawyers and court personnel,” Mr. Fayemi said.

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