DSS Arrests PDP Ogun Assembly Member-Elect Over Sagamu Mayhem
The Department of Security Service (DSS) has arrested an Ogun State House of Assembly member-elect representing Sagamu constituency 1, Damilare Bello.
Bello, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alleged to have masterminded the mayhem in Sagamu that saw banks vandalised during the naira scarcity protest.
According to Punch, the lawmaker-elect was arrested by the secret police after turning down several invitations by the DSS.
A further report has it that Bello has been on the run since the incident till his election on Saturday.
A source that spoke with Punch disclosed that Bello was arrested following the protest in Sagamu town on the 20th of February 2023
A source in the DSS command said, “On March 21, 2023, at about 14:30 hours, the command apprehended one Oluwadamilare Bello over his alleged complicity in the act of economic sabotage.
“Preliminary investigation has commenced and the suspect may be prosecuted for a crime relating to arson and disturbing of the public peace, amongst others upon conclusion of an investigation.
“The suspect is being investigated on economic sabotage /crime of national security dimension, arson, and disruption of public peace among others.
“The arrest is not politically motivated as it was being reported.”
The governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu reportedly visited the state office of the service.
The source claimed that PDP sent three different delegations led by its chairman, Sikirulah Ogundele and other chieftains to mend fences with the command.
The source said the visit was used to clear misconceptions of the service over the invitation and the eventual arrest of the suspect.
The source said, “Adebutu himself visited the command Wednesday, to mend fences with the service and as well clear the past misconceptions about the office and realised that the service is a credible institution that must be reckoned with.”
Adebutu’s media aide, Afolabi Orekoya confirmed that his boss was at the DSS office.
He, however, did not reveal why his boss was at the DSS office hours after the party held a protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission office in Abeokuta.