Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, to restore the security details of the state’s Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi with the immediate effect.
The directive was reportedly contained in a memo addressed to the police commissioner through the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations), Abdulmajid Ali, on Monday.
Recall that Police personnel attached to the deputy governor were withdrawn after he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ajayi had last week Wednesday, raised the alarm that his life was in danger following the withdrawal of policemen attached to his office on the orders of the state commissioner of police.
The memo Referenced CB: 2002/DOPS/FHQ/ABJ/VOL/77/168 was signed on behalf of the IGP by Austine Agbonlahor, an Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
Ajayi, who accused the commissioner of police of working on the instructions of the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to withdraw the officers, had for a while, been having running battle with him. He engaged in a confrontation with the police at the Government House when he was restrained from exiting the premises allegedly on the orders of the governor.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor had in a statement released by his media aide, Mr Babatope Okeowo, hailed the integrity and courage displayed by the majority of the lawmakers for shunning all entreaties, inducement and intimidation to impeach him. He further urged the lawmakers to also shun another latest plan to move the next meeting of the impeachment plot to a private hotel in Akure.
Ajayi called on the security agents and the people of the state to be vigilant of this latest moves by the governor to illegally remove him at all cost for no other reason than the exercise of his constitutional right of freedom of association.