The Lagos state police command says Shina Peller, owner of Quilox club, was arrested because his customers often cause traffic congestion, thereby making vehicular movement difficult for some residents of the state.
Peller, a member of the federal house of representatives representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency, was detained at Moroko Police Station after the club organised its annual 36-hour party which ended at 8am on Monday.
The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) also sealed off the club for noise pollution and traffic congestion.
Speaking on the lawmaker’s arrest, Bala Elkana, the state police public relations officer, said patronisers of the club are fond of obstructing free movement in the area.
He said the lawmaker had been warned on several occasions but nothing was done despite the warnings.
Elkana said the police towed three vehicles around the club, but Peller allegedly mobilised thugs to get back the cars from the police custody.
“The honourable is the owner of that club and his customers are fond of parking on the road and blocking the road. If you want to pass that place, you will have tough times,” he said.
“Up till 9am, the club was still on. They refused to remove their vehicles and Lagosians were seriously disturbed. Even Mr Governor was affected this morning. He had to manoeuvre his way through it. This man had been talked to many times, but he refused to listen. This morning, our patrol vehicles towed three vehicles out of that place so that people could pass.
“This honourable mobilised over 50 thugs to attack Maroko Police Station to move those vehicles out. We had to send reinforcement from neighbouring stations before they were able to curtail the situation. That was how he was arrested with five of the thugs, while others escaped. We had to exercise a lot of restraints.
“They have been moved to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, where they are being investigated.”
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