Tambuwal Now NGF Interim Chairman, Takes Over From Fayemi

A file photo of Governor Tambuwal

 

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State is now the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), taking over from his Ekiti State counterpart Kayode Fayemi

“The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, today at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,” the spokesman of the Forum Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said in a statement Thursday.

According to him, Fayemi will formally hand over power to Tambuwal on October 16th, 2022.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding the fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Abdulrazaque added.

Until his recent position, the Sokoto governor was the Vice Chairman of the Forum. He served in that capacity for four years.

Fayemi was only recently elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco.

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Tambuwal now Interim Chairman of the NGF

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, today at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

The Sokoto State Governor will be holding the fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result-driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

In his response Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good that the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.

Paris Club Refund: NGF Accuses Ned Nwoko Of Telling ‘Half Truths’

A file photo of Mr Ned Nwoko.
A file photo of Mr Ned Nwoko.

 

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has accused the lead counsel in the Paris Club refund case, Ned Nwoko, of telling what it described as “half-truths” following the latter’s claim that the governors demanded and received $100 million to prosecute elections in some states.

A statement by the NGF on Sunday said Ned’s claim in Saturday’s press briefing is an attempt to hide the truth.

“In his desperation to justify his claim, NED peddled untruths that his team was a member of the Federal Government Committee constituted to reconcile figures under the Paris Club refunds to the States and Local Governments. That is patently false,” the NGF’s Director, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said in the statement.

“The report of that committee dated May 2007 shows that only the FMF, OAGF, CBN, DMO, and RMFC (secretariat) were members. Private persons who were not privy could not have been included in a committee that was meant to examine purely public financial records. It was this Committee that did all the work now claimed by NED and the other consultants.”

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It also said “the desperate, spurious and futile advocacy mounted and coordinated by the AGF on behalf of the so-called Paris Club Consultants to justify the plundering of the humongous sum of USD418.9m from the public treasury of the States and Local Governments continued on Saturday 20th August 2022, when Ned Nwoko, in a press statement, attempted to blur and obfuscate the real facts and legal issues in controversy by dishing out blatant lies and half-truths.

“The facts are and will always remain: whether the claims of the consultants are lawful and justified under our Constitution and whether any Judgment which is a subject of a pending appeal can be enforced or executed as the consultants now attempt to do? If both questions are answered in the negative, it does not matter if the contracts leading to the claims were entered into by any public official, past or present.”

The NGF noted that it will not waste time defending “unsubstantiated claims”, maintaining that its “role in the whole of this Paris Club refund debacle to consultants is to ensure that Nigeria citizens are not unlawfully deprived of resources meant for their development”.

“NGF will not, therefore, waste its valuable time to defend unsubstantiated allegations against individuals or persons who are in a position to defend themselves. If NED is sure of his facts, he is at liberty to approach the necessary authorities to bring to justice any person or persons and all conspirators (including himself) who were allegedly involved in misappropriating public resources for campaign financing,” the statement further read.

“The NGF hereby states unequivocally that it has not at any time been involved in or been in receipt of USD$100m or any other funds from NED Nwoko to finance elections in any State.”

$418m Paris Club Refund: Malami’s Action Fraudulent, Self Serving – NGF

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has criticized the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, describing his recent claims and actions as fraudulent and self-serving over the $418m Paris Club refund.

The Chairman of the group, Kayode Fayemi, told the media after a meeting on Wednesday that the Forum would take every constitutional and legal means to ensure that the purported consultancies are fully litigated by the Supreme Court.

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The Minister of Justice had days ago stated that the Governors had no basis to reject the proposed deductions of 418 million dollars from the Paris Club refund because they had been indemnified and conceded that such payments be made to the consultants.

The NGF Chairman insisted that there is no liability by the states and only the courts can determine if the NGF states are indeed liable. Mister Malami, according to him, is acting in his personal and public interest.

In a communique at the end of the meeting, it added: “The Forum extensively reviewed the purported attempt by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Minister of Finance (HMF) to circumvent the law and a recent judgement of the Supreme Court to secure the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to effect payment of the sum of US$418 million to contractors who allegedly executed consultant in respect to the Paris Club refunds to the state and local governments.

“A committee was set up comprising the Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State to interface with the committee set up by Mr. President to review the matter.”

Fayemi Officially Joins 2023 Presidential Race

 

The Governor of Ekiti State and former Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi has declared his intention to run for the seat of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

This governor stated this on Wednesday unveiling his agenda for the country.

He said, after consideration of where the nation is, he believes his entry into the race will rebirth a new Nigeria.

‘After careful consideration of where we are as a nation…I believe that my entry into the race will offer Nigerians the opportunity to examine competing visions for national rebirth,” Fayemi said.

He said it has been his singular honour to have been an active part at various times with other committed compatriots labouring from various works of life, labouring with determination towards rapid and sustained national progress.

“Dear compatriots, it is in the spirit of this abiding faith in our country and the promise of its unfinished greatness that I stand before you today in total humility and in all sense of responsibility solemnly declare to all within our party and Nigerians at large my decision to accept my name to be put forward for consideration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership and membership as our party’s standard-bearer in the upcoming contest for a successor to our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari”.

File photo of Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The former Minister said the decision to run was not one he took lightly but had made several consultations before arriving making his intentions known.

“This is not a decision which I have taken lightly, to arrive at this point I carried out a long and deep self-introspection with the help of my wife Bisi, and other family members, my friends, my political associates, and members of our great party,” he said.

Fayemi who was a coordinator of the Progressives Governors Forum and a two-time Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum said he has been privileged to witness firsthand the underlined commitment and sense of solidarity that Nigerians from all parts of our country share about the promise of our fatherland.

The Younger Generation Will Change Nigeria’s Story For The Better – Fayemi

Fayemi is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF). Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi believes Nigerian youths will be instrumental in changing the nation’s narrative. 

The Ekiti State governor said this on Saturday during a symposium to mark the 35th birthday of the chief executive of Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal.

According to him, nation-building is a continuous process, maintaining that it is for those who are willing to stay with the country.

“As I have maintained at different fora, nation-building is an unfinished business and Nigeria is for those who are ready to stand firm,” the former mines and steel development minister said.

“I am convinced that if the younger generation answers the call of patriotic duty, they will become that much-needed progressive, critical mass that will change the Nigerian story for the better.”

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He, therefore, asked youths to take up the challenge of nation-building by picking interest in leadership positions.

“These challenges that ail our country today provide us with the opportunity to take a position and take a stand,” the governor, who was also the keynote speaker at the event, said.

“I am personally uncomfortable with the practice of our politics and our political conversations. We should have outgrown bigotry, tribalism, and ethnoreligious biases.”

Proceeds Of Banditry And Kidnapping Used To Fuel Boko Haram War – Fayemi

Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi says proceeds of banditry and kidnapping are being used to fuel insurgency within the North East.

The Ekiti State Governor told this to state house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Governor Fayemi was of the opinion that military action alone will not be sufficient in the war against the insurgents.

Fayemi insisted there are reasons to believe that there is a correlation between activities of bandits in the Northwest, kidnapping in the Southwest, and insurgency in the Northeast.

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According to him, the nation is in urgent need of a political will to bridge the gap between the government and the youths as well as synergy among security operatives to tackle the Boko Haram crisis.

The governor further disclosed that the president has accelerated moves to procure additional security equipment through partnerships with other countries and is confident that the National Assembly would speedily work in tandem.

PRESIDENT BUHARI CHAIR GOV’S FORUM DR FAYEMI 1-4. President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi during a meeting at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 29TH 2021
PRESIDENT BUHARI CHAIR GOV’S FORUM DR FAYEMI 1-5. President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi during a meeting at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 29TH 2021
PRESIDENT BUHARI CHAIR GOV’S FORUM DR FAYEMI 1-5. President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman Governor’s Forum and Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi during a meeting at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 29TH 2021.
PRESIDENT BUHARI CHAIR GOV’S FORUM DR FAYEMI 1-4. President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi during a meeting at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 29TH 2021
PRESIDENT BUHARI CHAIR GOV’S FORUM DR FAYEMI 4. R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari receives The Chairman Nigeria Governor’s Forum and Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi briefing the State House Press after meeting the President at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MARCH 29TH 2021

Governors Agree To Ban Night Grazing Across States

 

Governors of the South-West have agreed to ban all forms of open and night grazing across states within the region. 

This resolve was reached on Monday at a meeting between governors from the South-West region and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).

Rising from the meeting, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi said it was resolved at the meeting that night grazing should be banned henceforth

Fayemi further disclosed that the forum also decided that under age herding is inimical to security and hence should be banned.

According to a communique read by the Ekiti State governor, it was also agreed that occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally will not be condoned.

The meeting between the governors and MACBAN leaders became imperative following the executive order of the governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotim Akeredolu to the Fulani Herdsmen illegally occupying the State Forest Reserves to vacate within seven days With effect from Monday 18″ January 2021.

According to the communique read by Dr. Fayemi at the end of the meeting in Akure, it was agreed that the order of the Ondo Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media.

Fayemi stressed that no one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality.

Below is the full resolve reached in the meeting between members of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum and leaders of MACBAN.

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS’ FORUM WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF MIYETTI-ALLAH CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (MACBAN) AND THE HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES ON EMERGING SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE SOUTH-WEST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENT CENTRE (DOME), AKURE, ONDO STATE ON MONDAY, 25TH JANUARY, 2021.

Following the Executive Order of the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwaratim Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, to the Fulani Herdsmen illegaly occupying the State Forest Reserves to vacate within seven days With effect from Monday 18″ January, 2021, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum led by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi met with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), security agencies and other stakeholders on 25th January, 2021 at the International Centre for Culture and Events (DOME), Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the Southwest geo-political zone of the country.

Meeting discussed vigorously and resolved that:

The security and welfare of the people of Nigeria is the primary purpose of Government as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of N igeria as amended.

The stakeholders are committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.

Insecurity is a national challenge and not peculiar to any tribe or region but must be addressed by the cooperation of all.

The order of the Ondo State Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media. He only ordered those occupying the Forest Reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.

Criminals should be apprehended and punished, no matter their origin, class or status.

Security agencies have been trying to stem the tide of criminality in the country but must step up their efforts in the fight.

There is the need to build partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality.

No one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality.

MACBAN is a peace loving, law abiding organization which does not habour or condone criminals and agreed that:

(i) Night grazing should be banned henceforth

(ii) Under age herding is Inimical to security and hence be banned

(iii) Occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally is condemned.

MACBAN also suffers insecurity and kidnapping and thus desire peaceful coexistence.

MACBAN is ready for any peaceful move by the states to engender security.

Fake news is another issue that makes our security worse than solving it.

There must be an enduring framework with MACBAN in a way that will help address security issues.

That free-range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between the farmers and the herders

Strengthening alternative security arrangements and make them complementary to the mainstream security agencies in Nigeria.

MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.

Standing Committee comprising of farmers, MACBAN, and the Government should be set up in each state (where they don’t exist) to ensure synergy and result.

We must create economic opportunities for our people and reduce opportunities for criminalities in our country.

‘Insecurity Is A National Challenge,’ Governors And MACBAN Leaders Reach Agreement

 

Some governors and the national leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) who met in Akure on Monday, have resolved to give peace a chance.

At the end of the meeting, the governors and leaders of the cattle breeders association agree that insecurity is a national challenge that must be tackled in peace and unity.

This resolution was contained in a communique read by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Kayode Fayemi.

Below is the full statement as read by Fayemi who also serves as Governor of Ekiti State.

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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS’ FORUM WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF MIYETTI-ALLAH CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (MACBAN) AND THE HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES ON EMERGING SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE SOUTH-WEST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

HELD AT THE INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENT CENTRE (DOME), AKURE, ONDO STATE ON MONDAY, 25TH JANUARY, 2021.

Following the Executive Order of the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwaratim Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, to the Fulani Herdsmen illegaly occupying the State Forest Reserves to vacate within seven days With effect from Monday 18″ January, 2021, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum led by its Chairman, Dr. Kayode Fayemi met with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), security agencies and other stakeholders on 25th January, 2021 at the International Centre for Culture and Events (DOME), Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping and crises between herdsmen and farmers in the Southwest geo-political zone of the country.

Meeting discussed vigorously and resolved that:

The security and welfare of the people of Nigeria is the primary purpose of Government as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of N igeria as amended.

The stakeholders are committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.

Insecurity is a national challenge and not peculiar to any tribe or region but must be addressed by the cooperation of all.

The order of the Ondo State Governor was misconstrued and misrepresented by a section of the media. He only ordered those occupying the Forest Reserves in Ondo State illegally to quit.

Criminals should be apprehended and punished, no matter their origin, class or status.

Security agencies have been trying to stem the tide of criminality in the country but must step up their efforts in the fight.

There is the need to build partnership for peace and security with MACBAN and jointly wage war against criminality.

No one had sent anyone away from any state or region but all hands must be on deck to fight criminality.

MACBAN is a peace loving, law abiding organization which does not habour or condone criminals and agreed that:

(i) Night grazing should be banned henceforth

(ii) Under age herding is Inimical to security and hence be banned

(iii) Occupation of State Forest Reserves illegally is condemned.

MACBAN also suffers insecurity and kidnapping and thus desire peaceful coexistence.

MACBAN is ready for any peaceful move by the states to engender security.

Fake news is another issue that makes our security worse than solving it.

There must be an enduring framework with MACBAN in a way that will help address security issues.

That free range grazing must be stopped to avoid conflicts between the farmers and the herders

Strengthening an alternative security arrangements and make them complementary to the mainstream security agencies in Nigeria.

MACBAN should embrace and be committed to modern breeding process by creating grazing reserves and practice ranching to prevent cattle roaming about.

Standing Committee comprising of farmers, MACBAN and the Government should be set up in each state (where they don’t exist) to ensure synergy and result.

We must create economic opportunities for our people and reduce opportunities for criminalities in our country

Do Not Risk The Lives Of Your Citizens, Gov Fayemi Tells Gov Bello

 

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, has urged the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to tread with care, following his recent statement suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccines are being introduced to kill the masses. 

Governor Bello had in a recent address said that the COVID-19 vaccines being produced in less than one year are used to introduce new diseases that will kill many.

Reacting to Bello’s claim, Governor Fayemi appealed to his Kogi counterpart, urging him not to risk the lives of the citizens.

The Ekiti State Governor who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday said while the Kogi State Governor has a right to his reservations, the most appropriate to respond to a matter of such import is not to be dismissive.

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Fayemi said the preponderance at the level of the Nigerian Governors Forum believes that COVID-19 is real, adding that there is a need to respond to the challenges that have emanated from the pandemic.

The governor who says COVID-19 is not just a health issue said it behooves public office holders to work in concert with the Federal Government to get to the bottom of the problem which is not peculiar to Nigeria.

Borno Killing: We Must Redouble Efforts To Rid Nigeria Of Violent Extremism – Fayemi

Borno State has been the target of attacks from the Boko Haram sect. Photo: [email protected]

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said there is a need for the redoubling of efforts to rid the country of violent extremism.

Fayemi made the call on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on a condolence visit to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over the recent massacre in the northeast state.

“This insane attack, like so many before it, is an assault on our fundamental freedoms,”  Fayemi who is the chairman of the NGF tweeted,  a few days after scores were killed around Marrabati and Hammayya villages, near Zabarmari by Boko Haram terrorists while on their way to their farms.

“We must recommit and redouble our common efforts to rid our country of violent extremism and we are in solidarity with the people of Borno and all Nigerians.”

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While condoling with the victims of the attacks, their families and Borno people over the incident, the 55-year-old former Mines and Solid Minerals Development minister described it as “unspeakable.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the people of Borno State,”  Fayemi added.

 

Calls For Sack Mount

The killing of the farmers has drawn widespread condemnation and outcry from within and outside the country, sparking calls for the sack of Nigeria’s service chiefs.

During plenary on Tuesday, the Senate called for their replacement, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure and remodel the entire security architecture and investigate allegations of widespread corruption and leakages within the security architecture.

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Earlier on Monday, Buhari condoled with the families of the victims and gave a “marching order” to the military to flush out insurgents in the country. Buhari told the military that the fight should not be one-off, but on a continuous basis until “we root out the terrorists.”

 

Fayemi Assures Police In Ekiti Of Fair Treatment

File Photo of Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

 

The Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi has said it will be unfair to use the bad elements among the police to give a blanket judgement on all officers.

Governor Fayemi, who visited the Police Headquarters in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday commended officers of the force for the maturity displayed in handling youths during the ENDSARS protests assuring them that Ekiti State will always welcome and support committed officers.

“For us in Ekiti State, We do not see our police officers as our enemy,” he said. “They are not. As a matter of fact we have a lot to thank you for. This state is one of the most peaceful.

“I’m not suggesting that as with every institution, the police does not have its bad eggs, it’s not possible. Police cannot be an institution of angels in a country where mere mortals exist.

“However it is absolutely wrong to tar all policemen with the same brush of those few who may have behaved badly or found culpable in one offense or the other.”

The Governor noted that protests can be legitimate when peaceful but condemned the hijack of the ENDSARS demonstrations which led to the burning of some police stations and other violence against officers in Ekiti State.

“Protests, where it is carried out responsibly, is legitimate, we have nothing against that. Those who started the protest were given police back up in the course of what happened until they became unruly and I was a victim of that myself,” Fayemi said.

He assured that officers who are victims of the #EndSARS violence will be compensated while promising continued support to the police from the government.

The Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Tunde Mobayo, in his remarks, regretted the violent twist into the #EndSARS protest leading to an attack against Governor Fayemi’s convoy, destruction of police vehicles and burning down of some Police stations.

He, however, assured the Governor that the police will not be daunted in its mission of ensuring the security of lives and property in the state.

Ekiti Govt: Looted Items Were Fertilizers, Not COVID-19 Palliatives

Governor of Ekiti State (File Photo)

 

The Ekiti State Government has said that the items looted from Federal Government’s silos and the Agric Development Programme warehouse in Ado-Ekiti on Friday were not COVID-19 palliatives but fertilizers.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ekiti State, Yinka Oyebode, the COVID-19 palliatives in the state had since been distributed during the lockdown period.

“Ekiti State has NO CACOVID palliative warehouse as all the palliatives have been distributed,” Oyebode said.

“The items being carted away are Single Super Phosphate fertilizer and NPK which they have erroneously identified as Gaari.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) store has emergency supplies for disaster response e.g. flood, fire or any other emergencies,” he added.

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According to the statement, some of the raw food items carted away have already been preserved with chemicals which make them unfit for consumption.

The government, therefore, appealed to the people not to consume them for fears that they can kill.

“Some are even making away with corns preserved for planting, with chemical prefermentation. All these items are poisonous and not fit for consumption!

“We appeal to our people not to consume these items because they can kill,” the statement read.

Across the country, major malls, shops, private businesses and even vehicles have been burnt down – prisoners have escaped from jails, following what started as peaceful protests, demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings, as well as better governance in the country.

The looting of warehouses first started in Lagos, part of an aftermath of shootings that occurred on Tuesday at the Lekki Toll Gate area of the state.