As Nigerians continue to condemn the terror in Ekiti on Wednesday in which policemen fired tear gas and forcefully dispersed supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that gathered in front of Government House, the police has described its actions as a “mistake.”
“I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that such mistake will never repeat itself,” said Habilal Joshak, a Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), on the state-owned Ekiti State Broadcasting Corporation, Television Service in Ado-Ekiti.
“What I said was that those massing for the rally should be asked to leave because it is not good going by the mood of the state now to hold rally or street procession. I didn’t say they should use force. This is an election, and electioneering is a civil matter anywhere across the globe. So, police as security agents can’t use force on the people,” he said.
Following the police attack, Gov. Ayo Fayose showed up at the rally in a neck brace, weeping, and claiming that he had been teargassed and rough-handled by policemen who slapped and hit him with their guns.
He said he had been to the hospital for treatment and that in spite of that, was in pains, warning that if anything happened to him, the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris should be held responsible.