Report that newly recruit soldiers from Ekiti protested alleged non-payment of their accumulated allowances has drawn the reaction of the state governor, Kayode Fayemi.
A video of the new recruits into the army went viral accompanied by claim that they were protesting alleged failure on the part of Fayemi to pay allowance due to them.
The governor in a statement his Commissioner for Information, Akin Omole, said the story bandied around was a deliberate misrepresentation of what transpired.
The statement reads in part: “The Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria is clarifying that there was no protest by soldiers in the state as being mischievously reported on some social media platforms.
“In the morning of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, new recruits into the Nigeria Army, who are indigenes of Ekiti state, came together to pay a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State.
“The unscheduled visit however met with Mr. Governor’s absence and they were advised to properly channel their request for a meeting so that they can engage with Mr. Governor on a later date after which they dispersed.
“The large number of security operatives around the Governor’s office and the Fajuyi area of the state capital, Ado-Ekiti, understandably attracted considerable attention.
“Accordingly, we would like to use this opportunity to assure the public that there is no cause for alarm.”