Human rights lawyer Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has called for immediate release of the suspended Chairman of Ijebu-East Local Government Area, Hon. Wale Adedayo, from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The DSS detained Adedayo for accusing the Ogun State Governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, of diverting statutory federal allocations due to the state’s local governments in the past two years.
But Falana, in a statement issued yesterday, urged the DSS to advise Abiodun to sue the suspended local government chairman if aggrieved.
The statement is titled “SSS Should Release Mr. Wale Adedayo from Custody and Advise Governor Dapo Abiodun to Sue for Libel.”
The statement reads: “Last week, the Chairman of the Ijebu East Local Government, Ogun State, Mr. Wale Adedayo, accused the State Governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, of diverting the statutory allocations of the 20 local governments in the state.
“Shortly thereafter, the council boss was invited by the Ogun State Command of the State Security Service (SSS). However, when he turned up for the invitation on September 1, 2023, he was asked to respond to the petition submitted to the command by the state government.
“In the said petition, it was alleged that Mr. Adedayo had instigated widespread acts of public disturbance and chaos in Ijebu East Local Government. Even though the embattled Council boss denied the allegation of instigating acts of public disturbance, the State Security Service has decided to detain him due to his refusal to withdraw the allegation levelled against Governor Abiodun.
“Even though the Ogun State Government has denied the allegation of funds diversion, Governor Abiodun is advised to sue Mr. Wale Adedayo for libel in the Ogun State High Court.
“In similar circumstances, two of his predecessors, the late Governor Olabisi Onabanjo, had sued the National Concord newspaper for libel in the Ogun State High Court in 1981, while Governor Segun Osoba sued the Punch Newspaper for defamation of character in the Ogun State High Court in 2001. Both Governors won the libel suits.
“Having regards to the facts and circumstances of this particular case, I am compelled to request the Ogun State Command of the SSS to release Mr. Adedayo from custody forthwith.”