Controversy over alleged protest of soldiers in Ekiti

Controversy has trailed reports that soldiers in Ekiti protested alleged non-payment of their accumulated allowances by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Reports of the protest, which went viral on social media platforms, had claimed the soldiers blocked the roads leading to the Government House and Governor’s office.

Reacting to rumoured protest by the soldiers, the State Government said there was nothing like that.

A statement by Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, described the report as handiwork of mischief makers.

He said the soldiers, who are new recruits and indigenes of Ekiti, only came to pay a courtesy call on the Governor.

The statement reads: “The Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria is clarifying that there was no protest by soldiers in the state as being mischievously reported on some social media platforms.

“In the morning of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, new recruits into the Nigeria Army, who are indigenes of Ekiti state, came together to pay a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State.

“The unscheduled visit however met with Mr. Governor’s absence and they were advised to properly channel their request for a meeting so that they can engage with Mr. Governor on a later date after which they dispersed.

“The large number of security operatives around the Governor’s office and the Fajuyi area of the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, understandably attracted considerable attention.

“Accordingly, we would like to use this opportunity to assure the public that there is no cause for alarm.”

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