Kwara Assembly member drags Sen. Ajibola, 5 others to Police Headquarter over land dispute

By Abdulrasheed Akogun

Member representing Ekiti constituency at the Kwara state House of Assembly, Hon. Ganiyu Abolarin Gabriel, earlier today dragged his former Boss, Sen. Simeon Sule Ajibola to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the Kwara State Police Command over land dispute.

This is not unconnected with the lingering crisis within the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Isapa ward of Ekiti local government area of the State.

According to sources in the know, Hon. Ganiyu who served as Sen. Ajibola’s Personal Assistant throughout his twelve years tenure at the red chambers of the National Assembly had been having a running political battle with his benefactor in recent time.

According to our source, “Immediately Sen. Ajibola lost the 2015 gubernatorial election and left the Senate, Hon. Ganiyu who was the then personal assistant, requested to be using Senator’s land of over eleven (11) plots located along Pipeline road, adjacent Excellence hall, for his block industry, a request graciously granted by his principal.

“He had been using the said expanse of land for the last seven (7) years, until the Senator requested for the return of the said land. The request was however unheeded by Hon. Ganiyu”, she stressed.

Speaking further on the development, a police source said, “Hon. Gabriel petitioned the Kwara State Commissioner of Police, alleging encroachment of his land and it was on that prompting that policemen were drafted to the disputed site to effect arrest.

“We arrested five (5) workers on the disputed land around 9:40am, thus Sen. Ajibola had to personally come to the station to sign their bail bond to secure their release. The arrested persons were eventually released some minutes after 3pm”, he added.

Fresh Insight investigation revealed that some of those invited included Engr. Bode Rotimi, Yinka Mourinho and 3 labourers.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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