Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has placed a ban on all student activities and public procession in the state for security reasons.
A press release signed by Fayose’s Special Adviser on Public Communications, Lere Olayina, disclosed that the state government took the decision in order to forestall cultists from embarking on public processions.
Security operatives have been put on the red alert to prevent any of such gatherings in the state, especially in cities with high students’ population, according to the statement.
It said the ban was coming as a result of the information available to the State Government that cultists will embark on public procession every July 7 in the state. The statement reads:
“Security operatives are to also be on red alert in Ijero Ekiti, Oye Ekiti and other towns with high students activities. They are to conduct stop and search on any vehicles within the State.
“There must be no activities of secret cults in Ekiti State henceforth and there must no students procession of any form.
“Anyone found culpable in this act of using cultists to cause anarchy in the State will be dealt with decisively. This directive should be adhered to strictly.”
Meanwhile, Fayose has accused the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, of blackmailing state governors with his position.
Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari who is also Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is currently under EFCC investigation for allegedly looting N500 million and $500,000 from the Paris Club refunds.
An Abuja Federal High Court ordered Yari interim forfeiture of the monies the EFCC said it recovered from First Generation Mortgage Bank Limited, and Gosh Projects Limited.
The two firms were allegedly linked to Yari, with the anti-graft agency saying he masterminded the fraudulent diversion of the funds from the NGF’s bank account.
In reaction, Governor Fayose said “the EFCC is obviously blackmailing state governors on the Paris Club refund”, accusing Magu of intentionally misleading the public and harassing governors in a bid to blackmail them.
Fayose described the onslaught on Yari as a direct attack on all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria, calling on all the governors to rise and protect the NGF.
He pointed out that the Paris Club refund was occasioned by the Federal Government’s illegal conversion of funds belonging to the states and local councils, adding that it was absurd that the Federal Government, which illegally used money belonging to the states and local councils for its own purpose was the one giving conditions as to how the refund must be spent.
“It is like a man stealing your money and now coming back to give you conditions to refund the money he stole and also telling you how to spend the money,” the Governor said.
Fayose said it was the height of rascality for the EFCC to keep feeding the public with falsehood and maligning the hard-earned integrity of Nigerians, especially former and serving governors.
Describing Yari as a man of integrity whom the NGF would not allow EFCC to rubbish because of his independent views on issues, Fayose said:
“The EFCC has become a lawless organisation. They are fond of destroying people’s reputation. This is most uncharitable. How would you compensate the man if after the end of the day those allegations are found to be untrue.
“The EFCC is now being used for settling personal score. A cabal has hijacked the commission and the fraud in EFCC is second to none.
“Rather than doing the right things, they are muzzling the judiciary and blaming it for losing cases in court when they have no concrete evidence.”
The governor said he was not surprised with the activities of the anti-graft agency because of the antecedents of President Muhammadu Buhari whom he accused of imposing Magu on Nigerians.
Fayose said the NGF would meet soon to review the situation in order to save Nigerians from further harassment and political witch-hunt in the hands of the operatives of the commission.