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Makinde’s Aides Are Not Sponsoring Hoodlums – Olayanju, Amotekun Commandant Nullifies Viral Reports

Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), Commandant of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, has given a better understanding of what he said in his radio interview the media men misunderstood and misinterpreted his report.

They conveyed a statement insinuating that he accused few aides of Seyi Makinde as the brains that are “being behind the unrest in Ibadan, the state capital.”

Olayanju stated that one SA to the Governor pressurized them to acquit somebody apprehended while holding a carnival.

He asserted that it was a lie that he accused few aides of the governor of being connected to the arrested hoodlums, saying that anarchy brewers had only twisted his narrative to fit their evil propaganda.

Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, In a statement issued by Olayanju, reported that though he was on Fresh FM’s Situation Room and a Yoruba programme, Dende Oro, where most of his opinions, reports, and reports to the news reporter were thoroughly misinterpreted.

He was quoted saying: “I never said anything like Governor Makinde’s aides having links with arrested hoodlums. Somebody called in on the programme and noted that Amotekun and the Police are supporting hoodlums. But I said there had been times we apprehended some hoodlums, and when their people came to beg us to release them, we refused and told them they were already with the Police. That was what I said.

“Another thing I said was that the only time we released somebody was when a member of the House of Assembly came to meet us and said one of the persons arrested was not part of those that committed the crime in the area, which happened to be his constituency.

“I said since the Honourable was an elected official and part of the government, he could not have lied to us. So, that was why we released the person to him.

“I also said one SA to the Governor put pressure on us to release somebody, and we said no and that the fellow had been transferred to the Police. I said I told that S.A to go and deal with the Police. That was all I said.”

He also cleared the air on the SA in question; he stated that he received a call from him, but it was because people were apprehended for hosting a carnival during the festivities. The government had banned public gatherings.

He reported: “What has carnival enforcement and an appeal to release those arrested have to do with such headline?”

Olayanju upheld that his agency has been active and executing its duties since its inception, noting that he could not comment on a live program and ridicule the hard work of a government fighting tirelessly to secure the state by investing a lot into her security network(s).

Media personnel needs to be cautious of the news articles they churn out; they also need to curb the insensitive habit of fabricating narratives to fit a retrogressive agenda. Saying that as a vital and critical link between the government and her people, they are meant only to report the truth; this is their sole responsibility. Olayanju reported.

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