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JUST IN: Akeredolu reacts as Police detains Deputy Governor

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has denied being involved in the confrontation that happened between his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi, and the Police Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, on Saturday night.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Ajayi was briefly detained at the Government House by the state Police boss insisted that he would not leave with his official vehicles.

But Governor Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, described the report as a complete falsehood intended to play the victim by the principal actors involved.

Akeredolu said it was a concorted and devious lie meant to discredit him that he directed the Police Commissioner to restrain the Deputy Governor from leaving the Government House.

He explained it was a time-tested code in government’s business for officials to take inventory of offices and quarters before and after an official is moving in or out of offices or quarters.

The governor said the CP’s intervention, which was at the instance of an almost manipulated security apparatus at the Government House, was most desirable to restore law and order.

He stated that it became worrisome and suspicious when aides of the Deputy Governor insisted on leaving the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership as late as 11 pm.

”lt should, however, be placed on records that it is a time-tested code in government’s business for officials to take inventory of offices and quarters before and after an official is moving in or out of offices or quarters.

“Accordingly, the Commissioner of Police intervention which was at the instance of an almost manipulated security apparatus at the Government House was most desirable to restore law and order.

”It becomes particularly worrisome and suspicious when aides of the Deputy Governor insisted on leaving the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership as late as 11 pm.

Governor Akeredolu, however, reiterated his commitment to “the rights of all, including the Deputy Governor governor. But he has a duty to be firm and dispassionate in exercising the roles assigned to him”.

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