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Police quiz Ekiti PDP chairman over alleged dud cheque

Confusion as police quiz Ekiti PDP chairman over alleged dud cheque

August 28, 2015
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Sam Nwaoko - Ado-Ekiti

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Chief Idowu Faleye, on Thursday, admitted that he was invited by men of the Nigeria Police to explain allegations of a dud cheque he was alleged to have issued to the landlord of the Ekiti State PDP secretariat, Chief Ropo Adesanya.

Faleye spoke with newsmen following reports that he was arrested in connection with the alleged dud cheque, and that he was released following intervention of a former PDP chairman in the state, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo and Special Adviser to the Governor on Due Process, Chief Segun Akinwumi, who signed an undertaking to have Faleye released from detention on Wednesday.

He was said to have been arrested by a special police squad from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, and as the Police were acting on a petition written by Chief Adesanya, a former chairman of PDP in the state, who defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in May.

But Faleye denied issuing a cheque, saying none of the signatures on the said cheque were his.

According to him, “We were in a meeting at our party secretariat when some men walked in and said my attention was needed over a cheque that was issued. I told them, and also showed them that the signatures on the said cheques were not mine. I showed them that the signatures were those of Mr Tunde Olatunde and Dr Tope Aluko.

“They, however, said I would have to write a statement on what I know about the cheque, and this I followed them to the station to do so, after which I left for home,” he said.

The Ekiti State PDP owes Adesanya a sum of N1.5 million being the rent of one year which led to him serving the party an eviction notice, following futile efforts to recover the N1.5 million rents.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Ekiti State, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, told the Nigerian Tribune in a telephone interview said he was told by the Officer in Charge, Criminal Investigation Department (OC CID) that Faleye was arrested and that he had been bailed.

“While some told me that he was arrested by men from Abuja, others said they were from Lagos but I’m sure the officers involved are not from the Ekiti state command,” he said.