Posted by: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti
Four senior aides of the former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, were yesterday arrested by the task force of the government of Governor Ayo Fayose in a bid to retrieve the monetized official vehicles in their custody.
Their homes were raided by the government task force officials who were followed by armed policemen who succeeded in arresting four of them. They were taken to the state police headquarters.
Those arrested are former Commissioner for Labour and Human Capital Development, Chief Oluwole Ariyo; former Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Jinadu Ayodele; former Special Adviser (Governor’s Office), Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae and former Chairman, Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Adebayo Orire.
They were at the state police headquarters for about three hours before they were allowed to go back home.
The Nation learnt that the homes of former Commissioner for Education, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, former Special Adviser on MDGs and Multilateral Relations, Mrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami and former Special Adviser on Parliamentary and Allied Matters, Mr. Dapo Karonwi were also raided.
Incidentally, Ajayi, Dipo-Salami were not met at home but there was confrontation between Karonwi and the government agents who could not effect his arrest.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Taiwo Lakanu said in a telephone conversation with our reproter that the command did not arrest the former political office holders.
Lakanu said: “We did not arrest them, I only addressed them on the issues at hand. I did not arrest anybody”.
The Nation gathered that the cost of the car was being deducted from the salaries of the officials until the time of their exit from government after which the administration came up with an arrangement about how the balance would be deducted from their severance package.
But the Fayose administration in a letter dated 24 November 2014 signed by Mr. Tajudeen Adejumo on behalf of the Secretary to the state government, Mrs. Modupe Alade, stressed that no allowance (including severance and furniture allowance) should be used to pay for the outstanding.