- The police command in Ondo has made some clarifications concerning laws affecting officers attached to the deputy governor
- The commissioner of police, Salami Amidu Bolaji, has said that only the IGP can post and withdraw officers that work with the deputy governor
- Bolaji, however, added that chief security officers are obligated to take orders from state governors
The commissioner of police in Ondo, Salami Amidu Bolaji, has reacted to the allegation connected to the posting and withdrawal of officers attached to deputy governor Agboola Ajayi.
In reaction to rumours making the rounds that he has a hand in the withdrawal of the deputy governor's security details, Bolaji made it clear that only the Inspector-General of Police has the right to make such a decision, Daily Trust reports.
However, the Ondo CP stated that police officers attached to government houses take orders from the state governor's chief security officers.
He said: "...let it be known that policemen attached to Government Houses take directives from the chief security officer to the governor who can post and withdraw according to the reason and purpose that suit him.
“But cannot for whatever reason withdraw policemen posted from the force Headquarters to a deputy governor.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the embattled deputy governor of Ondo state had reabsorbed all his aides who were sacked by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Tuesday, June 23.
Among Ajayi's aides who were sacked by Governor Akeredolu were Allen Sowore, his special assistant on new media, the chief press secretary to the deputy governor, Babatope Okeowo and five others.
However, in his discussion with journalists on Tuesday, Okeowo said that all the aides have been reappointed by Ajayi.
He said: “Yes, it is true that the governor announced our sack, but there is no cause for alarm, as we have been reabsorbed by the deputy governor.”
Meanwhile, preparations for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state were in top gear especially as the battle had been set between Governor Akeredolu and Ajayi.
Ajayi, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed his readiness for the governorship primary poll.
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