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Tope Aluko Police 'not aware' of order to arrest Ekiti PDP chieftain over rigging claims

The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi has reportedly said that the command is ‘not aware of any warrant of arrest’ against former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Tope Aluko on charges of perjury.

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The Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, Alberto Adeyemi has reportedly said that the command is ‘not aware of any warrant of arrest’ against former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Tope Aluko on charges of perjury.

Adeyemi spoke to Punch following reports that a Magistrate court in the state had ordered the Commissioner of Police, Etop James to arrest Aluko.

The order was reportedly granted by Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye based on a motion filed by the state Director of Public Prosecution, Gbenga Adaramola.

The case was started after a lawyer, Sunday Olowolafe wrote to the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, calling for the Aluko’s prosecution.

Olowolafe said:

“I hereby apply to your office that Dr. Temitope Kolawole Aluko be arrested and prosecuted for perjury in view of the interview recently granted on Channels Television by 8pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

“The said Dr. Temitope Kolawole Aluko now recanted the evidence he gave in the course of the hearing of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal as a star witness even up to the Supreme Court.

“The Certified True Copy of the Statement on Oath, evidence of Dr. Temitope Kolawole Aluko in court on the November 12, 2014 and the copies of Nigerian Tribune and The Punch newspapers of Monday, February 1, 2016 that reported the interview granted are hereto attached.

“It is to be noted that if this act is not looked into, it will definitely defile the course of justice and consequently rubbish the judicial proceedings.”

Aluko has been in the eye of the storm since he alleged, during a Channels TV interview, that the June 2014 governorship elections in the state were rigged in favour of Governor Ayo Fayose.

However, Aluko had earlier testified in court that the election was free and fair.

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