The Ondo state governor,Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has denied that he ordered the Police to shoot at a group of protesters who barricaded the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure, on Monday.
In a statement by his media team on Tuesday, Akeredolu said “Our attention has been drawn to a report making the round that the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, ordered the Police to shoot at a group of protesters who barricaded the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure, on Monday.
Whoever came up with this lie only proved that he/she is very poor at telling lies.
It is common knowledge that Arakunrin Akeredolu is an accomplished activist and a rugged defender of human rights.
From his time in the NBA and up until this moment, he has been steadfast in upholding the sanctity of the rights of the people to gather without molestation.
It is therefore misleading and mischievous for anyone to claim that the Governor would ORDER the police to fire bullets at protesters as being claimed.
This lie is sure a calculated attempt to create unnecessary issues around the said protest by fifth columnists whose only aim is to play dirty politics with the staged protest.
As a firm believer in the rights of every individual to protest as a way of showing their grievances, Governor Akeredolu has expressed his mind on several occasions on the right of the individual to embark on peaceful protest.
It is evidently clear that some unscrupulous individuals are behind this unwholesome fabrication of lies and misleading accusation.
Let desperate politicians learn how and when to draw the line between the general good of the people, which the governor is vigorously pursing, and their personal interest.
You will recall that Governor Akeredolu recently ordered the immediate release of students of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko who were arrested by the police during their protest against the “No school fee, no exam policy by the management of the institution.
The governor is a peace loving leader who will not act contrary to his avowed responsibility of securing the lives and properties of his people.
We are equally aware that men of the Nigeria Police Force who were on ground during the said protest and provided security for the protesters and also helped control traffic in the area, even as they molested innocent people going about their lawful activities.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, himself a crack and intelligent ex policeman, has attested to the fact that the police team drafted to the scene are men and women who were specially trained in crowd and protests management.
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