Cajetan Mmuta BENIN / 4 hours ago

The Edo State government has said it has nothing to do with the booing of a former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Benin City on Saturday.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said the Edo State government has no connection with the crowd that was reported to have booed Comrade Oshiomhole.

According to him: “It has come to our notice that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole arrived Benin today and was booed by a crowd of people. We are not directly or remotely involved in the act. We condemn insinuations that the Edo State Government is in any way involved in such an act.

“The series of anti-Oshiomhole protests across the country in the last couple of days, including those who jeered and booed Comrade Oshiomhole in Benin City, on Saturday have nothing to do with the government in Edo State. Oshiomhole, just like any other law-abiding person is welcome into the state as long as he does not engage in any activity capable of disrupting peace and safety.

“We categorically state that we are not in whatever guise   involved with those who engaged in the act against the former governor.”

He stressed that the state government will continue to maintain law and order, adding that the government is committed to protecting the rights of all law-abiding citizens in the state.

In the meantime security personnel armed to the teeth took over the Benin Airport as they provided security for the embattled Oshiomhole.

They included: soldiers, policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Also, an armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), was stationed at the parking lot of the airport while soldiers and police vehicles were deployed at strategic locations within the area.

Sunday Telegraph learnt that the extra ordinary presence of security personnel was to forestall any attempt to attack, or prevent Oshiomhole from leaving the airport.

On ground to receive Oshiomhole were his then deputy governor Dr. Pius Odubu, General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), Samson Osagie and other chieftains of the party loyal to his faction as well as members of the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).

In addition, hordes of youths were also seen in groups at the airport as they chanted anti-Oshiomhole songs.