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Obanikoro denies disowning soldiers on Lagos roads

Minister of State, Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro

The Minister of State for Defence says he never spoke with the Lagos State government concerning the task force personnel.

The Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has said he did not speak with the Lagos State Attorney General, Ade Ipaiye, and did not disown the soldiers on Lagos roads.

The minister described the report that he disclaimed the uniformed officials as a futile attempt to “drag him into the childish bickering and serial pettiness that has become characteristic of the Lagos State Government in recent times”.

A national daily on May 22 reported that the Lagos State Attorney General, Ade Ipaiye, expressed concerns over “the sudden appearance of uniformed men, who claimed to be members of a federal taskforce on Lagos roads.”
According to the report, Mr. Ipaye “noted that Obanikoro was contacted about the taskforce and that he disowned them”.

Mr. Obanikoro, a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, in a press statement, said that he never spoke to the “Lagos State Attorney General, Ade Ipaiye, any official of Lagos State Government or any individual whatsoever concerning the purported appearance of men of the Nigerian Military on Lagos roads, talk the least of disowning anyone”.

Mr. Obanikoro also said he refuses to be distracted as he is keen on providing solutions to the national security challenges confronting the nation and would “appreciate constructive engagement rather than silly and lousy political ploys”.

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