Six members of the African Action Congress (AAC) who were accused of destroying election campaign billboards in Lagos are now being charged to court in order to serve as a warning to others.
On Monday, December 10, 2018, six members of the AAC were arrested while pasting campaign posters of the party’s presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore.
They were accused of allegedly damaging and tearing campaign posters belonging to candidates of other political parties, and replacing them with that of Sowere. Read the report HERE.
The police spokesperson, Chike Oti, said in a statement sent to Pulse, that the AAC youth who erected their campaign billboards after destroying those belonging to opposition parties, acted contrary to the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) laws that forbid advertisers from pasting posters at no other hour than during the day. He said:
“Recall that an agreement was reached to the effect that no political party should undertake the defacing of campaign posters of other political parties nor the destruction of their billboards, at a meeting held at the Police Officers Mess, GRA, Ikeja, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, tagged Security and Stakeholders meeting involving the INEC, Chairmen of all political parties in the state and their flag bearers, chaired by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi.
“The following exhibits were recovered from the suspects : a poster bearing the picture of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, (AAC) Mr. Sowore, brush, buckets containing gums and torn off posters of other political parties”, Oti said.
“Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspects be charged to court for malicious damage and conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace, in order to serve as a deterrent to others“.
The six AAC members who were arrested by the Anti-crime patrol unit of the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja Division includes, Olagokun Odunayo, Kool-kloud Henry, Ugaju Joseph, Damilola Omidiji, Michael Kate and Banwo Olagokun.