On Sunday at the Oluyole, Ibadan residence of the former governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, the state deputy governor Rauf Olaniyan was stopped from going in for the eighth day fidau prayers which was held in the compound.
The fidau prayer was announced by the family as a private programme, urging the public to watch through virtual channels including Zoom, YouTube and Facebook.
Olaniyan, on arriving the residence at about 11:20 am in a convoy of five vehicles, the convoy was halted by policemen and members of other security agencies at 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 details initially rebuffed the idea but when their argument was degenerating, a senior policeman intervened and they eventually agreed that only the deputy governor’s vehicle should go in. The deputy governor went ahead and 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 a 15-minute long wait, without any positive development, Olaniyan left the residence.
Prayers were still ongoing at the time.