Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has denied ordering the arrest of members of a former governor of the state, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
According to reports, Mohammed, the eldest of the late Audu, was arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state, alongside his siblings, cousins and a traditional ruler in the state.
All the arrested persons have reportedly been detained at the Police Command headquarters in Lokoja, the state capital.
Reacting to online reports that he ordered the arrest of Mohammed, running mate to an aggrieved All Progressives Congress, APC, aspirant, Hon. James Faleke, who is currently challenging the declaration of Bello as winner of the controversial governorship elections of Kogi State, the governor said he did not order the arrest of anybody.
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He, however, said law enforcement agents are at liberty to effect arrest when anyone, no matter how highly placed, infringes the law.
“If members of Audu family run foul of the Law, they would not be spared just because they are members of Audu’s family. Nobody is above the law. Even if members of the Governor’s family break the law, they will be arrested”, Mr. Bello said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Fanwo Kingsley.
“It is therefore unwise to link politics and criminality. Law enforcement agents should be left to do their work. Government is focused on governance. Politics is over. It is not the responsibility of Governor Yahaya Bello to arrest suspected criminals.
“The Governor will never stop security agencies from carrying out their lawful responsibilities of safeguarding lives and property. Anyone who breaks the Law must be prepared for the consequences of doing so”, the statement added.
Mr. Kingsley reiterated the governor’s warning that criminality will not be tolerated in Kogi State, stressing that citizens must act right in the quest to build a society of true equality.
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He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
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