Kole Omololu, the National Organising Secretary of Afenifere, was arrested and detained at a police station on Friday after he allegedly obstructed the convoy of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In a message sent he shortly after his arrest, which was circulated on social media, Omololu stated that the incident happened in the Ikoyi area of Lagos, adding that he was arrested by a police officer in the Vice President’s entourage.
“I have just been arrested by ACP Oludotun Odubona on the entourage of the VP Osinbajo, claiming (that) I did not park well for the convoy, in front of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ikoyi.
“Currently, I am in detention at Onikan Police Station, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos,” the message read.
Omololu later on Friday night confirmed that he had been released by the police.
He described the arrest as “an act of overzealousness”, adding that the police officer nearly slapped him.
“It is just an act of overzealousness. I have been released. No condition was attached to my release. Senior aides of the vice president, including the ADC and Chief Security Officer, have called me.
“He accused me of struggling with the convoy, which was not the case. I was only trying to move away. He came to meet me where I parked, raining curses on me.
“He nearly slapped me. Despite all my explanations that I am an elderly man, he insisted that I was arrested and taken to the police station. I told him that I respect the VP and I won’t obstruct his convoy. He only embarrassed his boss. I know his boss will never do that,” Omololu told the Punch.
Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, confirmed the occurrence in a post on Twitter.
He, however, stated that the Afenifere leader had been released from the police station.
“A traffic incident occurred few hours ago when the VP’S convoy in Ikoyi, Lagos encountered a vehicle driving too close to VP’s convoy. After several cautions and the driver did not yield, the police officials on duty had to stop the car and interviewed the driver to ascertain his intentions.
“The driver has since been released by the Police,” Akande tweeted.