There was mild drama on Sunday at the Oluyole, Ibadan residence of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, when the state deputy governor Rauf Olaniyan was denied access to the eighth day firdaus prayer holding in the compound.
The family had earlier announced the firdaus prayer as a private programme and urged the public to watch through virtual channels such as Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
Olaniyan arrived at the residence at about 11:20am with his convoy of five vehicles. On approaching the gate of the road leading to Ajimobi’s residence, the convoy was stopped by policemen and members of other security agencies manning the gate. They insisted that only the deputy governor’s vehicle could be allowed into the street to join the prayer.
The deputy governor’s security detail initially resisted, but when their argument was beginning to degenerate into a brawl, a senior policeman intervened and they eventually agreed that only the deputy governor’s vehicle should go in.
But on getting to Ajimobi’s house, the gate was also locked. The deputy governor’s aides introduced their principal, but they were told that the gate had been locked, and that Mrs Ajimobi was in possession of the key. Olaniyan waited, believing that the issue would be sorted in no time.
After waiting for about 15 minutes without any positive development, Olaniyan left the residence. Prayers were still ongoing as at press time, so no statement could be garnered from any of the parties involved.
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