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High ranking Nigerian Senator charged with Murder
The murder of Nigerian trade union activist Lateef Salako by unidentified gunmen in the Nigerian state of Oyo has been linked to the leader of the Senate. Three others have also been charged with the killing.
According to a court ruling, Leader of the Senate, Teslim Folarin, a senator for Oyo State since 2003 was an accessory to the politically-motivated murder of Mr. Salako who is also from Oyo.
Senator Folarin is to remain in custody until a bail hearing later this month.
Reports revealed that Senator Folarin and Mr. Sako were both at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) meeting in the south-western city of Ibadan where the incident occurred last week.
And local residents allegedly bore witness to violent scenes, chaos, and the eventual gunning down of Mr. Salako, by unidentified gunmen during the meeting.
Dozens were also reported to have been killed in the violence.
Events leading to Mr. Salako’s assassination were tied around the leadership of Oyo State’s National Union of Road Transport Workers.
The Oyo State’s National Union of Road Transport Workers had been split for months over a bitter power dispute.
However, a court ruling validated Mr. Salako as the leader of the union, a position that came with control over the bus stations in the state, and greater political influence.
As a result of Mr. Salako’s appointment, however, clashes broke out between different rival factions.