By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Families and professional associates of those accused of being culpable in the death of the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ekiti State, Mr. Omolafe Aderiye, on Monday protested in Ado Ekiti against the prolonged detention of the accused persons.
Alleging that the detainees were being politically persecuted for being members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the protesters appealed to the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Adamu Bukalchuwa, to intervene in the way the suit instituted against them was being dragged unnecessarily.
The placard-carrying protesters, who protested from Oke Iyinmi area via Fajuyi to the state High Court where the Appeal Court is located, displayed placards of various inscriptions, calling for the immediate release of the detainees and chastising the judiciary for allegedly allowing itself to be manipulated by interested parties.
They held the protest under the banner of Ekiti State Transporters Progressive Movement.
Aderiye was killed in September 2014 during the administration of the past governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, fuelling
insinuation that the late NURTW boss must have been killed over his role in the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose during the June 21, 2014 governorship poll.