The Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Operations), Habilal Joshak, has vowed that the use of force by officers of the Nigeria Police in Ekiti State was a mistake that won’t be repeated.
The DIG also denied that he ordered his officers to use teargas on the crowd at the rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “What I said was that those massing for the rally should be asked to leave because it is not good going by the mood of the state now to hold rally or street procession.
“I didn’t say they should use force. This is an election and electioneering is a civil matter anywhere across the globe, so police as security agents can’t use force on the people.
“But I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that such mistake will never repeat itself.”
Security agents took over the premises of the rally and allegedly fired teargas at Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The teargas allegedly left the governor unconscious for about five minutes, before he was revived by party supporters and taken to the Government House Clinic.