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EKITI GOVT. URGES PROBE OF ALLEGED ASSASINATION ATTEMPT ON FAYOSE

By Lere Olayinka

Ekiti State Government has urged the police and other security agents in the country to interrogate impeached former governor Ayodele Fayose as part of their investigation of his (Fayose) claim that suspected hired assassin visited his Alapere, Ketu, Lagos residence on Sunday, adding that; “the alarm could be one of the many antics of the former governor aimed at drawing attention and sympathy to himself.”

Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, who made this call in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti today, described Fayose as someone; “who can even arrange his own death to achieve whatever agenda he desires.”

The statement read; “Like all Nigerians, we read in the papers today the alleged invasion of Fayose's Lagos residence by suspected gunmen.

“While we do not want to jump into conclusion on the alleged assassination attempt, it has however become necessary that we remind Nigerians, especially the security agencies of Fayose's past records as someone, who is capable of 'arranging' anything to suit his purposes.

“It is on record that immediately Fayose assumed office as governor of Ekiti State in 2003, Ado-Ekiti, the State capital started witnessing fire incidents. Then, Fayose was always the first person to get to the scene of the incidents.

“However, immediately two fire-fighting engines, belonging to the former governor were purchased by the State government, the rampant fire incidents stopped.

“Also, when he wanted to buy a bullet-proof vehicle in 2004, he arranged an attack on his own convoy on the third mainland bridge to give the impression that his life was not safe. He bought the bullet proof Jeep a week after.

“Security agencies should also note that Fayose arranged for the burning of his Water Tanker in Ado-Ekiti, shooting at a popular hotel in Ado-Ekiti before the 2003 elections among others.

“All the above are apart from the fact that Fayose's tenure in Ekiti was synonymous with violence, thuggery, assassination, political intolerance and harassment of perceived political opponents, including the detention of a serving governor and two former governors.

“It is therefore on this note that we are urging the police and other security agencies in the country to conduct a thorough investigation into the assassination claim. In doing this, Fayose, himself should not be left out because from his antecedents, he could have arranged it by himself.”