A member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller, has been arrested by the police in Lagos.
Peller, who is representing the Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo State, was detained at the Maroko Police Station after a clash over gridlock allegedly caused by his club, Quilox, on the Lagos Island.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Peller had declared 36 hours of non-stop clubbing at Quilox on Sunday.
Some of the customers were said to have parked on the road, causing traffic obstruction.
Peller’s Press Secretary, Mr Kola Popoola, claimed that the police arrested some of the clubbers for the alleged offence.
He, however, noted that his boss had gone to bail them when he was also arrested and detained.
The aide insisted that Peller’s offence was not disclosed, adding that his phones were seized.
He stated, “Honourable Shina Peller was at the Maroko Police Station to bail some of Club Quilox’s customers, who allegedly parked on the road during a show at the club.
“Prior to the kick-off of the 36-hour non-stop show, which usually holds every year at Quilox, Peller had informed concerned Lagos traffic authorities (in order) to avoid unnecessary gridlock.
“On getting to the Maroko Police Station, the police started harassing him and even went as far as seizing all his phones for no reason.
“The continuous harassment and unjust detention of a member of the House of Representatives, Peller, by the police calls for urgent attention of the media and the Commissioner of Police.”
But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Bala Elkana, said Peller invaded the station with thugs and forcefully removed three seized vehicles.
Elkana said five of the thugs were detained along with the lawmaker.
He stated, “On December 22, 2019, around 9 am, police officers on traffic control along the Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, sent a traffic report to the Maroko Police Station that the entire road leading to the tollgate was blocked as a result of indiscriminate parking on the major road by customers of the Quilox Club on No. 183 Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos.
“The club owner, Shina Peller, a House of Representatives member, was approached by the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko, on the need to ensure that customers of his club did not block the major road to mitigate the undue hardship the obstruction was causing other road users.
“The police eventually cleared the traffic and the honourable member promised to keep the road free of traffic.
‘On December 23, 2019, around 8.30 am, traffic was observed to have built up on the road again. The police traced the cause to the club again. The club’s activities mostly last up to 9 am from the previous night and affect the free flow of traffic in the area.
“The situation was so bad that commuters had to resort to trekking. A police team from the Maroko Division, led by the DPO, mobilised to the street and after much effort, got the traffic flowing again.
“Three vehicles parked on the major highway by some customers of the club, which actually caused the obstruction, were removed to the station.
“The club owner mobilized over 50 thugs around 11 am and invaded the police station to forcibly move the vehicles away. The police officers on duty at the station sent a distress message to the headquarters and called for reinforcement.
“Police teams from neighbouring divisions and the Area ‘J’ Command, led by the Area Commander, were deployed to reinforce the station. The honourable member and five thugs were arrested, while others scaled the fence and escaped.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for in-depth investigation.”
Elkana added that the suspects would be charged.
He warned owners of clubhouses in the state to provide parking spaces for their customers on their premises to avoid indiscriminate parking on roads.
However, another lawmaker, Akin Alabi, in a series of tweets, faulted the police claims that Peller invaded the station.
He alleged that the police demanded N100,000 bribe for each of the seized vehicles.
He tweeted, “Now, they are trying to swing the narrative by lying that he tried to invade the police station. Lies. He went to bail those that were arrested. He was arrested. The CP even boasted that he has a score to settle with him. Madness!
“We are on our way to Panti (SCIID). First of all, the cars of the customers were towed and seized for violating traffic. Fine. But they were arrested and told to pay N100,000 bribe. Why on earth do you need to pay the police a bribe after your car has already been seized?”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has sealed off Quilox.
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency was said to have shut the club on Monday for alleged environmental pollution.