The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habilal Joshak, has explained the role of his officers in the harassment of the state governor, Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday.
Fayose was teargassed and harassed by armed policemen who had blocked the entrance to the government and prevented a rally of the Peoples Democratic Party from holding, witnesses say.
It was gathered that Fayose and his supporters were making their way to the venue of the rally by the entrance of the government house when thy stopped by the security men.
The ensuing argument resulted to shooting and the release of teargassed, causing the governor to suffocate.
His supporters were also forcefully dispersed, just as some were arrested.
But Joshak said no rally would be allowed any more in the state unless expressly approved by the police.
He denied blocking the entrance o the governor’s office, saying only the road from Fajuyi to the state Secretariat was blocked.
“We are not here to usurp the authority of Governor Fayose. We are not here to rubbish him because he represents the people,” said Mr Joshak
“But we are not going to allow any unauthorized rally that can trigger violence in the state. You can see that the state is tensed up.
“As law enforcement agent, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out.”
Meanwhile, Fayose, who burst into tears while speaking with journalists said he was slapped, kicked and shot at by the policemen and said the Inspector General of Police should be held responsible if anything happened to him.
“My people, the Lord will fight this battle. The COMPOL MOPOL of Nigeria Police and the AIG ordered that the governor should be killed. I was slapped by a policeman and shot at,
“But I want you to be of great courage. This battle must be won. This is an army of occupation. I want you to stand and remain standing.
“I hope they will not cause 1983 crisis. I call on the international community, Ekiti is under siege. How can I be the governor of the stage and be treated this way? I will go back to the hospital and remain there for a while.
“Stand with Eleka. I am having a lot of pain and I decide to bear this pain because of you, I am pleading with the international community, Nigeria is in trouble. They have arrested so many teachers, many okada riders… Come and save Ekiti, this is our hour of tribulation.”