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Disappearance of Politician Worries Family Members

Disappearance of Politician Worries Family Members


By AfricanOutlook Reporter

Family members of a missing politician in Lagos State, Mr. Adedoyin Ajose, have expressed concern over his disappearance couple of months ago.

Before his whereabouts became unknown Ajose, a youth leader in the All Progressive Congress (APC) was the Special Assistant on Youth Development to the Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government in Lagos State, Comrade Ayodele Adewale. He was declared missing on August 11, shortly after he was granted bail by an Apapa Court II in Lagos over alleged attempted murder, which eventually he was discharged and acquitted.


The wife of the special assistant, Mrs. Olukemi Ajose, said in the last two months all efforts to trace her husband, after he was last seen leaving the court premises, have proved abortive. She told a Lagos high court: "That my husband, Mr. Ajose Adedoyin, got missing on the 11th day of August 2014 shortly after he was granted bail by the Court II, Lagos over false charges and all efforts to trace him have since proved abortive."


In her affidavit which was deposed to at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere, the really worried wife said the charges against Ajose were a phantom raft, which necessitated the court to dismiss it on August 18, 2014. Olukemi explained that earlier her husband was worried over the myriad of attacks he was subjected to in the course of performing his duties as special assistant to the council boss.


"He told me of his clash with a senior police officer (name withheld) over the policeman’s illegal activities and his underneath support for a vigilance group called Community Policing Youth Vanguard," she said.


She chronicled the crises the Amuwo Odofin council chairman, Comrade Ayodele Adewale, and her husband, have been having with members of the dreaded vigilante group in the area, who she alleged, got the support of a police chief in the Festac area of the local government. The mother of two stated that she was shocked that Ajose’s whereabouts remain a mystery as he has not been seen since the day he was granted bail.


"This is a mystery to me, I could not believe this," she said.


Olukemi added: “How can a man disappear like that on a day he was granted bail over the unsubstantiated allegation levelled against him." She said further: "Definitely, such a man should be happy to go home and celebrate with his family,” adding: “But, we were all surprised on the turn of event."


Adedoyin’s father, Mr. Tajudeen Ajose and his younger sister, Fadekemi, also expressed shock on the turn of event within the family.


"I’m really worried," the 64-yer-old man said. "Up till now, I’m extremely surprised, though he explained to me some of the problems he’s been facing in the local government, particularly the series of attacks on him between last year and about three months ago by some members of an outlawed group."


>He, however, expressed dismay on the rationale behind the disappearance, particularly after leaving the court, where he had earlier been discharged and acquitted.


"This is indeed worrisome and shocking to me,” he said, while stressing further: "Definitely, I want to say, and Ì want to believe that there is more to it than meet the eyes."


Fadekemi, said that her elder brother had earlier informed her on the recent strident attacks on him some months ago by unnamed men, who belonged to a dreaded group in the area. Despite the disappearance, she expressed confidence that God would save the special assistant and return him to the family alive.

"But, we have been praying for his safety wherever he may be and we are looking forward to his return very soon," Fadekemi said.