Following the alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, the Nigerian police has reacted to the unrest within Ekiti in the last 24hours.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habilal Joshak, has explained the role of his officers in the unrest that was witnessed on Wednesday, July 11.
Yawnaija.tv had earlier reported that Fayose was teargassed and harassed by armed police officers who had blocked the entrance to the government house and prevented a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party from holding, witnesses say.
It was gathered that Mr Fayose and his supporters were making their way to the venue of the rally by the entrance of the government house when they were stopped by the security men.
The ensuing argument resulted to shooting of tear gas causing the governor to suffocate.
His supporters were also forcefully dispersed, just as some were arrested.
But Mr Joshak said no rally would be allowed any more in the state unless expressly approved by the police.
He denied blocking the entrance o the governor’s office, saying only the road from Fajuyi to the state secretariat was blocked.
“We are not here to usurp the authority of Governor Fayose. We are not here to rubbish him because he represents the people,” said Mr Joshak.
“But we are not going to allow any unauthorised rally that can trigger violence in the state. You can see that the state is tensed up.
“As law enforcement agent, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out.”
Governor Fayose in a trending video told newsmen that he is in deep pain following the attack by the police and as such, he is afraid for his life, he also said that the Inspector General of Police should be held accountable for anything that happens to him.
Meanwhile, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has thanked Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State for choosing one of their active members as the Deputy Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the July 14, 2018 election in the State.
The letter of appreciation was signed by Pastor Bayo Olugbemi (Provincial Pastor of Province 21) on behalf of Victory Parish (My Father’s House) of RCCG in Magodo, Lagos State.
It reads in part: “Following the selection of our member, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin, as the PDP Deputy Governorship candidate for Ekiti State by your Excellency, the entire members and Pastorate of the RCCG, Victory Chapel (My Father’s House), Magodo Lagos appreciate the good gesture of the People’s Governor, Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose.
“You will recall the church prayed earnestly after Your Excellency consulted our parish about your desire to choose our member and your candid request for the Parish to do background checks on brother Deji Ogunsakin.
“It’s also pertinent to correct the impression from some quarters in Ekiti that our brother, though born by Moslem parentage, is not a Moslem but a practicing Christian who gave his life to Christ and was duly baptized according to the doctrine of the Redeemed Christian Church and as laid down by our General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
“This clarification became necessary to safeguard the family of our brother, especially his wife who feels the family faith and religious association are being ridiculed because of politics. She consequently appealed to our church to put the records straight to the public that herself, husband, Mr. Deji Ogunsakin and children are not Moslems but Christians.”