Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has denied involvement in the restriction of his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, movement by police on Saturday night.
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Police officers led by Bolaji Salami, Commissioner of Police, prevented Ajayi from moving out of his official quarters at the government house premises. Ajayi and some of his personal aides were trying to move their properties out of the government house when they were stopped.
He said it is a normal practice in government for inventory of offices and residential quarters to be taken before an official leaves such premises. He said aides of the deputy governor had insisted on leaving the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership.
He said the involvement of the commissioner of police was to restore law and order.
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“It 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,” the statement read.
“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 11pm.
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“Governor Akeredolu reiterates 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.”