The Special Assistant on Rural Mobilization to Kwara State Governor, Comrade Musibau Esinrogunjo, was arrested for driving against traffic and slapping a traffic warden on duty in Ilorin, according to the Police.
However, a video clip that showed how the Police surrounded and recovered some substance suspected to be Indian hemp and a cartridge wrapped in paper from the Governor’s aide had gone viral on Sunday.
In reaction to the video, the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Okasanmi Ajayi, stated that “the video in question was posted by a mischievous individual to achieve a result still unknown to the Command.”
According to him, the Government Official was arrested for driving against the traffic and physically assaulting a Policeman not being in possession of weeds or bullets.
Explaining the circumstances that led to his arrest, the PPRO said: “The man in the video, later identified to be one Musibau Esinrogunjo, was caught committing a traffic offence by driving against traffic, thereby causing traffic at NYSC Secretariat junction, Ahmadu Bello Way, Ilorin.
“The traffic warden on duty who arrested him for the offence was dealt a slap by Mr. Esinrogunjo and his aide, which drew the anger of passers-by around the vicinity. They attempted to physically assault him, but for the prompt arrival of Police Officers that rescued and took the parties to the Police headquarters, the closest Police formation to the scene.
“A search conducted in the vehicle of Mr. Esinrogunjo resulted in the recovery of a substance suspected to be Indian hemp and an item that looked like a cartridge wrapped with charm.
“The incident was looked into by a very Senior Police Officer in the Command, Esinrogunjo was later identified to be Special Assistant to the State Governor. The matter was treated in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He was warned to desist from such behavior in the future. The traffic warden assaulted by the Esinrogunjo was pacified and asked to go back to his duty post while Esinrogunjo was also released.
“The Command wishes to reiterate that, at no time was the suspect Esinrogunjo arrested for being in possession of weeds or bullet. It was a case of driving against the traffic and physically assaulting a Policeman that brought him to the Police headquarters. The physical assault on Esinrogunjo was from aggrieved passers-by that followed the parties to the Police headquarters, and the men were arrested, reprimanded, and equally released.
“The Command has nothing to do with the video in circulation. The video was posted by mischief makers, as such should be disregarded. The source of the video is also undergoing investigation.”