Lai Mohammed denies orchestrating arrest of Kwara youths

Cameroonian music legend Manu Dibango (L) stands beside Nigeria's minister of Information Lai Mohammed during the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) ceremony in Lagos, on November 6, 2016. 82-year-old Cameroonian vibraphone and saxophonist Manu Dibango, was recognised for making tremendous contributions to African music, especially for developing a music style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. The All Africa Music Awards is designed to recognise and reward artiste who have given African music the most creative competitive edge in the global market within the year under review. / AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Read the statement form the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Moahmmed.

The attention of the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been drawn to the accusation by the Kwara South Youths Stakeholders that he orchestrated the recent arrest by the police of some youths in the Kwara South.

The Hon. Minister vehemently rejects this accusation. He has nothing to do with the arrest of the youths in Kwara South, and believes – contrary to the allegation by the stakeholders – that the arrest has nothing to do with the Ward Congress in his hometown of Oro. Afterall, suspected cultists were also recently arrested and paraded by the police in Ilorin.

The Hon. Minister wishes to state that the police, in the exercise of its constitutional responsibility, does not need to be goaded by anyone to carry out arrests where necessary.

Concerning the outcome of the election in his Oro Ward 2, the Hon. Minister has made his observations on the conduct of the election known to the appropriate party authorities, in line with his strong belief in the rule of law.

Suffice it to say, however, that the only credible Ward election was the one held by the genuine party members in Oro Ward 2. That explains why, after the election, there was a rally around Oro Town that eventually terminated in the country home of the Hon. Minister. He does not believe there is any linkage between the election and the arrests.

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