The police command in Ekiti on Wednesday, July 11, besieged the state government house, preventing movement in and out of the complex with armoured personnel carrier and Hilux vehicles.
Some armed police officers numbering over 50 have cordoned off the entrance to the Ekiti state Government House, preventing movement in and out of the building.
Premium Times reported that a police armoured personnel carrier and Hilux vehicles parked at the entrance blocking the pavilion and the area leading to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s office.
Kolap Kolade, the attorney general of Ekiti State, told journalists that the police officers took over the place in the early hours of Wednesday, July 11.
“The governor had planned to meet with civil servants from grade level one to seven at 9am on Wednesday,”Kolade explained.
He further said: “The meeting was also to stage a road show with the workers wearing white shirts, but before anyone could get there, the police had arrived with over 50 vehicles and blocked the place.”
Kolade stated that the governor who wanted to drive out of the office was hindered by the policemen who threw teargas to ensure that the governor drove back into his office.
“They fired teargas canisters and the governor had to return to the office. He is still there now and cannot go out. Nobody can drive in or out, but those who are trekking can do so around the area,” Kolade added.
The police public relations officer in Ekiti state, Caleb Okechukwu, told newmen the police were stationed at the government house to provide security for all citizens. “Our job is to provide security for everybody and that is what we are doing,” Okechukwu said.
Asked whether the barricade at the government house was to safeguard the governor, Okechukwu only stated that the police were drafted to protect the citizens.
Earlier, when the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fled for their lives having heard that security operatives were firing gunshots into the air.
NAIJ.com relayed that the dispersed PDP members at the the venue of the party’s rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.
NAIJ.com gathered that the party supporters ran for their lives when the police reportedly fired gunshots into air.