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