Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has described claim by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that four of the inmates that escaped from the Ado Ekiti Prison custody on Monday were being harboured in the State Government House as puerile, saying; “The APC spokesperson, Taiwo Olatunbosun must have made the allegation, thinking that Governor Ayodele Fayose is also running a government of criminals like the immediate past APC governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi.”
He said; “That statement is no doubt a clear advertisement of the APC spokesperson’s idiocy because even a five year old child knows that a governor has legal powers to free prisoners. A governor can even free condemned prisoners. So, can a governor who is empowered to free prison inmates harbour inmates who escaped from the prison?”
In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, Olayinka said it was on record that during the APC government of Fayemi, suspected murderers were housed in the government house to prevent their arrest, while those who were charged to court for murder were set free by the State government.
He said; “It is what a dogs eats that it thinks others also eat. Because the APC government of Fayemi harboured those who shed the blood of innocent Ekiti sons and daughters, the attention-seeking party spokesperson now believes that the government of Fayose will also do the same.
“It is on record that a top member of the APC, who killed Teslim Abiodun, a 400 Level Accounting Student of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti was haboured in the government house for months.
“A member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Kehinde Boluwade, who is standing trial for the murder of Foluso Ogundare was kept in the government house for months, and when he (Boluwade) and eight others were eventually arrested and charged to court, Fayemi had to sign 10 Certificates of Occupancy in one day to effect their release from prison custody.
“It is also on record that it was the APC government of Fayemi that frustrated the trial of the party’s Chairman, Jide Awe and four others accused of killing Ayo Murphy Jeje and Juliana Adewumi.
“Also, it was the APC government that made a no case submission to free former Chairman of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Rotimi Olabiwonu (alias Mentilo) and former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Mr Tajudeen Hassan and others that were arrested and charged to court in connection with the murder of Chief Adeleye Awolumate and attempted murder of a six months old pregnant woman, Adeola Akande.
“The concern of Governor Fayose is to see to it that all those who cut short the lives of innocent Ekiti indigenes under whatever guise are made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The APC and its lying members in Ekiti State should therefore take note that no amount of blackmail, arm-twisting and propaganda will deter the governor from ridding the State of killers, who disguise as politicians.”