Oyo State has ordered a full probe of environmental task force officers.
News Rain Nigeria reports that Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has ordered a full investigation of the circumstances that surrounded viral audio in which a proprietress was allegedly harassed by an officer of the State Environmental Task Force.
Makinde Orders Probe Of Environmental Task Force Over Viral Audio
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has ordered a full investigation into the circumstances that led to the incident reported in viral audio in which a school proprietress, Mrs. Olayemi Sylva, alleged that officials of the State’s Environmental Task Force manhandled her.
Governor Makinde, through a press statement that was issued and signed to effect, on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, stressed that a full – scale must be conducted to unravel the claims by the woman involved in the audio.
The statement further revealed that the said trending audio contained Mrs. Sylava who alleged that she visited the headquarters of the Task Force in order to secure the release of one of her students who was arrested for illegal dumping of waste within Ibadan metropolis and as a result of that things got out of hand, after her encounter with some of the Taskforce officers, who allegedly accused her of obstructing their work and ordered for her arrest, and that also led to allege scuffle when she was being led to Police station.
The statement in which a copy was made available to the News Rain Nigeria in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital which read as thus: “The attention of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, has been drawn to the contents of viral audio credited to a school proprietress, Mrs. Olayemi Sylva.
“The governor has since directed the state’s Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Barr. Idowu Oyeleke, to commence full and immediate investigations into the matter and apportion blame accordingly.
“Governor Makinde has also given the commitment that no one found guilty of infractions in the matter would be spared at the end of the day and that the matter would not be swept under the carpet.”
The statement also quoted the Commissioner for Environment saying that his office had taken up the governor’s directives while keeping in touch with the woman and her family members.
He said: “In line with the directives of the Governor, I have immediately established contact with the affected woman and when it became clear that she had gone for medical checks, I visited her and made an initial deposit to take care of her medical bill.
The Commissioner declared that his Ministry was on top of the situation, adding that there was no cause for alarm.
The statement further urged every resident of the state to go about their businesses peacefully while disposing of their refuse in accordance with the directives of the Environmental Officers.
The State Commissioner through the statement also said that he has been briefed by the Chairman of the Task Force, ACP Francis Ojomo, whose men have been striving hard to rid the city of Ibadan and Oyo state of dirt and refuse.
He stated, through the statement that “As a Ministry, we have taken full responsibility for the issue and we plan to conduct a full-scale investigation as directed by the Governor.
“We want it to be on record that while the government of Oyo State will not empower any group or agency to brutalize any of its residents, it will also not permit any resident to disobey the law and violate laid down regulations.
“I want to assure everyone that the Ministry of Environment and the Task Force on Environment will get to the roots of this incident and punish whoever is on the wrong side of the law,” Ojomo stressed.