From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
The Special Assistant on Students Affairs to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Azeez Adeyemi, has called on the management of online newspaper Sahara Reporters to provide proof over his alleged arrest by the police during the just concluded National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) election in Abuja or be prepared to face legal action.
Adeyemi, who stated this on Thursday during a press conference in Abeokuta, also gave Sahara Reporters 72 hours to make the proof of his arrest either by the men of Department of State Security (DSS) or Nigeria Police Force (NPF), declaring that ‘failure to do this, I will take necessary legal action against them to seek redress for publishing this unconfirmed story and defamation of my character.’
The Special Assistant, who was the former NANS National Public Relations Officer, told newmen that he was neither arrested nor detained by any security agency during the national convention of the association.
He also challenged the DSS to tell the world if at any point in time he was arrested during the just concluded NANS Convention.
‘My political enemies had been at work ahead of that Thursday convention because I had previously received several calls on Tuesday that have been arrested by the police and not until Thursday that Sahara Reporters decided to publish a fake, integrity-attacking and unjustifiable story .
‘It became obvious that the drama was desperately targeted at destroying me and as well attack the good image of the governor of Ogun State.
‘After due consultations with relevant authority and my immediate political family, I need to clear the air on this misinformation and propaganda as published by Sahara Reporters on December 3.
‘I make it bold to say that these concotted lies were politically motivated on my refusal to align with some interests regardless of pressure across for a particular candidate for NANS president zoned to southWest in accordance with NANS constitution,’ Adeyemi stated.