Police, Civil Defence officials clash in Ogun over Speaker’s lover

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All hell was let loose Thursday at the Customary Court sitting in Agbe’loba area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, when men of the Nigerian Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) clashed over a court judgment.

The judgment was in a case involving the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi.

Adekunbi’s ex-lover, who is also an NSCDC official, Iyabo Adedotun, had filed a suit in the court alleging threat to her life by the Speaker.

She also alleged that the Speaker prevented her from marrying another man and that he was not meeting up on his responsibilities on the only child, Samiat, produced by their relationship.

Adedotun had prayed the court to restrain the speaker from further threat to her life and to allow her marry‎ another man of her choice while the speaker prayed the court for her daughter to be returned to his custody.

But at the court sitting Thursday, the three-man panel unanimously ordered the return of the child to the custody of the Speaker.

The court also set aside their relationship which had lasted for 10 years and also ruled that all parties to the case should be free to marry any person of their choice.

Immediately the verdict was delivered, the complainant resisted and engaged in altercation with the ‎court officials, alleging that they were compromised by the Speaker.

In the ensuing melee, the complainant and an unidentified NSCDC officer who had accompanied her, attempted to stop the court officials from handing over the child to the Speaker, who left the premises immediately after the judgment.

A police officer within the court premises invited his colleagues from a nearby police station while the NSCDC officers also contacted their colleagues who also stormed the court.

The situation got rowdy as attempts by policemen to arrest the NSCDC official for daring to stop the execution of the court judgment‎ were resisted.

The policemen fired gunshots to scare away surging crowd and later succeeded in whisking away the NSCDC official.

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