Ekiti Crisis: Governor Fayemi imposes curfew on state

Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has responded to the political crisis rocking the state by imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew on all parts of the state.

“I have taken the decision to institute a dusk to dawn curfew in the state immediately. Accordingly, there would be no movement between the hours of 7.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. everyday till further notice,” the governor said in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, while addressing journalists Friday.

The governor also suspended his thank-you tour of the state.

He also directed “the Attorney General of the state to issue a legal advisory to the Chief Judge of the state and all the parties to the existing cases in the State High Court and the Ekiti State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal, on the desirability of seeking an alternative venue for the hearing of these cases outside Ekiti State.”

“The State can no longer afford to witness the bizarre spectacle of the beating up of judicial officers and wanton intimidation of lawyers and court personnel,” Mr. Fayemi said.

Read Mr. Fayemi’s full speech below.

THE PEACE OF OUR LAND IS NOT NEGOTIABLE
State Broadcast By
His Excellency
Dr. Kayode FAYEMI
Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria
Following the Breach of Peace in the State
Friday, September 26, 2014

Protocols

In o kun o Ekiti Kete.
It has become expedient that I address you today on account of dire happenings in the land of honour, Ekiti State. With tension mounting across the state, Ekiti has been the subject of alarming headlines in the news, following the tragic assault on the judiciary.
On Monday, September 22, thugs acting on the incitement of an interested party, were involved in the sacrilegious sacking of the court while hearing on a political case was in progress. This happened in full glare of the law enforcement agents with inappropriate response. Clearly, these brigands exceeded the limits of acceptable behavior, even in the most liberal of democracies, and ventured into the realm of blatant criminality with this desecration of the hallowed chambers of the law.

The fact that this assault did not meet with any strong deterring repercussions from the appropriate authorities further emboldened the miscreants. They subsequently attempted to prevent the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal from sitting, yesterday, Thursday, September 25. I am advised incontrovertibly that thugs acting on the command of Mr. Ayo Fayose, who was also present to lend his clout to the travesty, brazenly assaulted a senior judge and urged his thugs to beat him up and tear his clothes.

The court premises was thrown into confusion and those present scurried away in search of safety and security. This was on the back of his specious allegation that the judiciary in the state is compromised and biased against him. And the answer to that was to resort to jungle justice and take the laws into his hands. This has led to the closure of the courts indefinitely due to the inability of the security agencies to guarantee the safety of lives and property in our temples of justice. With the entrenched atmosphere of impunity, violence in the state has escalated with the unfortunate loss of one life and the willful damage to several properties to arson by rampaging thugs.

Since the beginning of this development on Monday, which is unprecedented in the recent history of our state, I have been in touch with the Heads of all Security Agencies at the State and Federal levels, urging them to act quickly and firmly in the interest of public law and order. It is worrisome that the slow and inadequate response has occasioned the avoidable escalation of violence in our dear state.

Against this backdrop, it is understandable that not a few stakeholders have expressed concern about what the development portends for our dear state. The brazen contempt of our hallowed law courts and the use of violence and intimidation to obstruct the course of justice is a clear invitation to anarchy of the scale and texture that characterized Ekiti State some years ago. Ekiti Kete, are those years upon us again?

Already, there is widespread anxiety about this development coming at a time the state is going through the transitioning out of one administration and the ushering in of a new one. This is a very delicate period that all stakeholders must work together to ensure Ekiti State comes out stronger for it.

During periods of transition, vital partners in progress adopt a cautious posture, watching for the slightest portents of the possible discontinuity of the regime of peace and tranquility, amongst other factors that have made our state conducive for investors and development partners. We must not disrupt our very bright prospects for sustained development in our state.

Considering the cases that have triggered the recent spate of violence are politically related, the political elite in our state from all disparate quarters must exercise caution. We must rescue our state from the precarious slippery slope that some have desperately pushed us to. We should not imperil the very people we seek to serve by resorting to violence and brigandage. One does not burn down his homestead to establish his claim of ownership or leadership.

Most assuredly, the course of Justice can only be delayed, but can never be truncated. The independence of the Judiciary is an inviolable tenet of any democracy. Accordingly, I have this morning directed the Attorney General of the state to issue a legal advisory to the Chief Judge of the state and all the parties to the existing cases in the State High Court and the Ekiti State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal, on the desirability of seeking an alternative venue for the hearing of these cases outside Ekiti State. The State can no longer afford to witness the bizarre spectacle of the beating up of judicial officers and wanton intimidation of lawyers and court personnel.

Now that the security agencies appear to be fully seized of the situation, I call on them not to relent in performing their constitutional role of protecting lives and property in our state. Administrations come and go; politics can be frenetic when the stakes are high; but by the grace of the Almighty God, our state remains for all time, therefore THE PEACE OF OUR LAND IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.

Ekiti Kete, consistent with our history of unity and love, let us work together to make our state a garden of concord where our children and their children will dwell in peace and safety. Even in the pursuit of politics and justice, let us conduct ourselves as kinsmen, bound by a shared love for Ekitiland but differing only in the choice of instruments by which to accomplish the same goal.

Let us then temper our competitive zeal with civility and empathy. Let us deal truthfully with our youth, who are so liable to be led astray by unbridled political fervour, by seeing them as our children rather than as conscripts or fodder for our objectives.

Ekiti Kete, in order to forestall further descent into anarchy in our state, I am taking the very difficult decision to suspend the ‘Thank You’ tour which I’m undertaking as part of our transitioning-out formalities. Also, I have taken the decision to institute a dusk to dawn curfew in the state immediately. Accordingly, there would be no movement between the hours of 7.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. everyday till further notice. We urge the citizenry to be vigilant and provide the security agencies with details of suspicious activities that can undermine the peace in our state.

Let us work together to stop the violence and brigandage that has brought about serious embarrassment to our state in the last few days.

Let Peace Reign in the land of honour, Ekiti State.

God bless Ekiti State.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dr. Kayode Fayemi
Governor, Ekiti State
Friday, September 26, 2014


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  • Fola

    APC should stop programming Judges to thwart the will of the people.
    That is the enduring solution – not a curfew, or, a state of emergency.

    • OsunBold

      May thunder strike you and your entire household for trying to divert our attention from reality. Silly ass!

      • APC/YORUBA

      • APC/YORUBA are alarmist and propagandist.Nobody can be deceived again by yoruba grandstanding,propaganda and lies

        • endingNaija

          Can you please go and ask your masters PDP + Goodluck Jonathan ati Ayo Oritsejafor to return the $9.3million they laundered to South Africa. Thank you.

        • Dr. Kay

          Ayobami/Igbo/Ijaw you are the alarmist. Besides stealing someone’s name and pretending to be from Yoruba tribe it shows how far 419 has brought you to this pitiable state. You don’t even engage with proper rule of engagement instead you resorting to deceit and lies just like your party and members in PDP. O ma se oh ,ohun ti iferan owo ma da?

    • endingNaija

      Please ask PDP ati Ayo Oritsejafor ati Goodluck Jonathan to return the $9.3million they laundered to South Africa using the private jet of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

    • Dr. Kay

      You must have just smoked something to be so conclusive in your assertion? Programming judges ? Are they robots? Have any litigants exhausted all ligations available to them? The Supreme Court is the pinnacle of justice and for your information it’s controlled by your useless PDP. So why jump the gun literally and throw a peaceful state into mayhem and chaos.
      if not curfew and state of emergency as you put it , are you expecting him to send hoodlums to counter the rampage already created by Fayose’s thugs? Methinks you are someone who does not value human life ,order in a polity and the rule of law. You are just like your ilks in PDP that forments chaos and revel in disorder and ruin. Ekiti people have just woken up to what they fantasize about when they voted for this corrupt thug. As they say leopard doesn’t change its spots ,no amount of sophistication will make Fayose’s tenure any better than the rule of mob , disorder and ruin. May the Lord protect the innocent that will ultimately be caught in the middle of this mayhem. A pig with a lipstick and expensive perfume will always return to the sty . Fayose will ultimately show his hand for who and what he is ,and I’m afraid this is just the appetizer.

      • Damian

        @ Dr. Kay:

        Don’t mind Fola, just cut him some slack; his terminological inexactitude is plain to see.
        What is the meaning of ‘programming that he wrote, really. The right word is ‘bribing’, i think.
        Why does Fola hide behind his fingers just to say APC bribes the judiciary more often than not?

    • Orly

      @ Fola:

      RAJI FASHOLA AS A BAD EXAMPLE IN NIGERIA

      Very true! APC indeed wins more elections by Judicial diktat than by popular votes.
      The party ‘program’ court judges to win elections; but not just that, they also often
      program the justices of the courts to look the other way from the thefts in their states.

      APC Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos state is the first in Nigerian history to tell the people
      that they have no right to ‘Freedom of Information’ in Lagos state. Such atrocious nonsense!
      But the corrupt and hypocritical Raji Fashola was yesterday asking the federal government of Nigeria
      to open the tap of all information on all issues affecting the federal government. What a silly charlatan!

  • King Carlos

    Jonathan appointed Obanikoro as Minister of Defense and Adesiyan or what’s his name at the police ministry in order to utilize the security agencies to suppress the opposition party. Is it not a surprise that Koro has been more vocal than his the main minister of defense Aliyu Gusau, also, Koro is a minister of the federal republic, how come he’s only focused on the south west?

    All the blame should be put on Jonathan, because as the comnander in chief, everything stops on his table. He surely needs to call Fayose to order. I pity the ekiti people.

  • hot head

    Up PDP!! Up Ayo Fayose!!!..osokomole or whatever…we yearned for him…now he is on us…dont complain

  • Adenegan

    AYO FAYOSE MUST BE SWORN IN

    Ekiti state people have made their decision. They want Ayo Fayose as governor. That decision must stand.
    No High Court Judge in Ekiti state can overrule it. That is the message Ekiti state are passing to all Nigerians.
    Bola Tinubu was defeated in his Obalende/Ikoyi local government at the last local government poll in Lagos.
    Justice Candide-Johnson then invoked statute of limitation to overturn the Lagos poll result. Ekiti state is not Lagos, please!

    • paul

      The people of Ekiti has further confirmed the saying that people deserves the kind of leadership they get. Because a leader is a product of that society, this explains why the place remains ever backward with all their so called education. But my friend, I must tell you, the good people of this region(south west) wont stand aloof while we watch you dragging the region back to the era of incivility and dark ages. We therefore will perform our duty of choosing for you, since you have found it difficult to use your head and vote rightly. You people fell cheaply for the presidency’s trick of stomach infrastructure, so degrading, so unlike yorubas and so sad.

      • Ayelala

        Nicely written.
        Backward and medieval.
        Beer palour and okada everywhere.
        What else do you expect.
        With all those professors, yet the place is full of civil servant with little or no productivity.
        Drawing salaries in a state with little or no contribution to the source of the income.
        It is times like that crude oil completely disappears.
        If they refuse to move forward, they will be dragged forward.
        The next radical who governs that state must as a matter of duty ,dismantle all the newtwork and infrastructure of patronage ,laziness and outright backward.
        Emphasis must be put on civic education as the most important part of the curriculum.

        • Bambam

          Well written and well said..the people in Ekiti at moments like this makes you wish oil should stop flowing in Nigeria..then we would see what they would do with all their so called education that comes from cramming books rather than understanding the concept of what is being taught..the civil servants..teachers including the dullard sociology lecturer you mentioned are all living on the oil wealth in the N/Delta..backward people!!

      • Sesan Adebiyi

        @ Paul:

        APC is diametrically opposed to the core values of the Yoruba people.
        As a party APC promotes religious crises between Christians and Muslims.
        APC denies the Yoruba people Freedom of Information under Nigerian Law.
        Besides, APC is roguish and thievish and does not render public accounts.
        The enlightened people of Ekiti state cannot sensibly vote for such a toxic party.

  • Oloriburuku ni Fayose

    But I think Fayose said he had learnt some lessons during his first term in office. please, what are the lessons learnt by this rogue. is he taking Ekiti Kete back to gutter politics once again? honestly, this can only happen in Nigeria and most especially in PDP

  • Gideon Orkar

    Okay now they can relocate the hearing to a friendly APC venue for jankara judgement. APC una do well o

  • Isaac Olaiya Ogundipe

    I believe that the current problem in Ekiti should not be politicised. The court, they say, is the last hope of the common man and therefore it should not be desecrated under any pretext by politicians. Jungle justice must be resisted by all of us irrespective of our political leaning so that peace may reign in the country. I pray for God’s guidance and preservation of the country as an entity.

  • redeem

    The massive looting of Lagos state by Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently cornered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the States in the south West.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds. So the crisis in Ekitit state should not come to us as a shock-Tinubu is losing a very lucrative base for siphoning money-out of the south west-
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

    • ravenfin

      see these paid posters and commenters selling their future away… fight for your rights my brother, stop being a part of the problem.. quit this your job

  • By Popular Demand

    “APC is diametrically opposed to the core values of the Yoruba people.

    As a party APC promotes religious crises between Christians and Muslims.
    APC denies the Yoruba people Freedom of Information under Nigerian Law.
    Besides, APC is roguish and thievish and does not render public accounts.
    The enlightened people of Ekiti state cannot sensibly vote for such a toxic party.”

    …………Sesan Adebiyi
    [September 26, 2014]

    • Truthometer

      “Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka is famed to have described the
      Nigeria ruling political party, PDP as a “nest of killers”. He also
      clearly in April, proclaimed that PDP was responsible for Boko Haram
      terrorism. Current events have proven the professor, highly accurate in
      his assessment of this threat that has defied logic and consumed lives
      of innocent Nigerians of all creeds and works of life, in the hundreds.”

      ……….NewsRescue

      (October 25th, 2012)

      • redeem

        check yr shallow mind again and see if what u posted will even make sense to yr mom if its translated into yr dialect to her not to talk of yr great grand mother——–ati——father—————————-that boko haram was created by PDP—–very brainless——man indeed—————-so Jonathan established boko haram to kill Ibos in the Fulani North abi———————–no wonder u people say ihejirika is a supporter of boko haram———————————my prayer daily is for Nigerians to wake up from their slumber and plead that we separate————-only an insane rogue——— will dash aso rock to the fulani north–after boko haram ati kudirat————–there must be punishment for every crime–what is the punishment for imposing the killing machine of boko haram on us———-the election of atiku–ati buhari or kwankaso and tambuwal no be so–animal

  • King Andy

    I’m one person who had wanted PDP to sweep APC outta ekiti state with the very broom they usually used to insult the sensibility of Nigerians. Unfortunately, I read this news with utter dismay as I am very disappointed with such an act from an executive governor to be. THIS IS BAD! I had thought that the days of amala politics in oyo state, the days of executive rascality was finally over. No sensible person would support this act irrespective of ones political affiliation. IT IS TO SAY THE LEAST, VERY DISAPPOINTING.

    • redeem

      what is fayemi struggling for again———to plant that which he was not able to sow for 4 years——————————-the man should be locked up—that same man who created LGC with just months for him to go–employed hundreds of thousands of thugs———————–within minutes of his departure time? what manner of man is that—–and he call himself educated—————————-what a shame

  • Truthometer

    So says Ayodele the son of Fayose: ‘Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'”
    Ekiti Kete, now that you have traded your birthright for 10lbs of Fayose’s rice, you should fasten your belt and brace up for turbulent time. No sympathy for you. You deserves all that will come your way. E o ti ri nkankan!

    • redeem

      did fayemi not share rice with women in ekiti——————————–took loans from banks as if the world was coming to an end————————look at a man very evil minded—–and he calls himself educated—with just some few days left for him to go———————————-he is leaving the state with blood—— tears and sorrow–what a man–what party————these janjaweeds in APC are———————drug addicts that is what they are————-thugs

  • Dr. Seye Benjamin

    Look, look, guys. No need for any obituary after burial. APC does not, and really should not need arguments
    to look less bad than the illiteracy the APC promoted in the last 14 years in Yorubaland, so thoroughly that
    Oshun state has the 30th worst WAEC result in Nigeria in the last 2013 WASC school certificate results released.

    • Kenny

      @Doctor Benjamin,

      You say: “Oshun state has the 30th worst WAEC result in Nigeria in the last 2013 WASC school certificate results released.” But what happened to OPON IMO in Oshun state and the billions of Naira Raufu Aregbesola claimed to have spent after merging schools and creating uniforms and all that? Yoruba people are truly in home-made trouble with APC. They will either have to solve APC by themselves or they willend up as illiterates. Ha, ha, ha! The Yoruba people are in soup.

  • redeem

    he massive looting of Lagos state by Bola Tinubu has reached monumental proportion. Tinubu whose companies recently cornered a multi billion road construction job in Ogun State, has in his pocket all the juicy contract in all the States in the south West.

    In retrospect, it might be difficult to come to terms with the fact that an individual could hold the entire south west to ransom. There is no doubt that Tinubu has succeeded in buying the Lagos State government, and he has done this using government funds. So the crisis in Ekitit state should not come to us as a shock-Tinubu is losing a very lucrative base for siphoning money-out of the south west-
    Whenever someone in Lagos begins to wonder where their 4th mainland bridge went, or what was the fate of the pipe-borne water project, or even where the schools and hospitals had vanished to, there is a silence that contains it all. The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he has pleased, and the rest of the state just has to deal with it. For instance: Number 4, Oyinkan Abayomi (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979, but which now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after he assumed office.

    Tinubu’s residence at 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially falsely presented as Oando Plc Guest House. Later, he purportedly bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it. The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus Pension Bill he signed to law shortly before he left office in 2007. The property is worth over N600 million.

    • Gbo_lee

      Redeem…do you not learn? This is a fórum to comment on the story above…you barely read them,you simply come here and publish some fictitious essays conjured by your bosses?? I pray you grow someday

      • Bashoris

        gbo_Lee anyone can post anything whether its related to current stories or not..anything revealing is welcomed

  • Gbo_lee

    Very hard not to feel sad for the people of Ekiti…they are being taken years backwards already…and If they really did they must be regretting not sticking to peace and public social infrastructure with Fayemi and go for the man that preached stomach infrastructure and shared rice…only to win and go about with thugs destabilising the state

  • the truth

    Fayemi it’s time to hand over the people of ekiti voted massively for fayose which you acknowledged by congratulating fayose,u even invited him to government house.Nigerians were thinking apc would tow your path but they refused and insisted on do or die.if they can’t win through the people they would win with corrupt judges.can anybody tell me why the judge moved the stay of execution which was 10 days for fayose to produce evidence to just 3 days.apc has been a thuggish party since 30bc

  • redeem

    Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the state, in a bid to avert crises following the gruesome murder of the former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Chief Omolafe Aderiye, who was an ardent supporter of the state governor-elect, Mr Ayo Fayose.

    Angry reactions trailed the brutal murder of Aderiye, as a large crowd of protesters razed down Governor Fayemi’s private office, the state APC Secretariat, and destroyed properties including vehicles worth millions of Naira.