…As Police lock down Kaduna after court adjourns el-Zakzaky’s case till August 2***
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday said it was wrong to say that the Federal Government has not spoken out on the alleged certificate forgery involving the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
He said since the National Youth Service Corps, which is part of government, had spoken, then the government had spoken on the matter.
Mohammed spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said he had nothing to add to the press statement issued by the NYSC on the matter.
“The government has spoken. NYSC is part of government and I have nothing to add to what the NYSC has said,” the minister said.
Mrs. Adeosun was among ministers and other top government officials that attended the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; and Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, said the opening prayers.
Adeosun, who was accused in a media report that her NYSC exemption certificate was forged, arrived the venue shortly after the meeting had gone into a closed session.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was absent at the meeting, as he is currently in the United States of America for a public-private sector collaborative investment roadshow.
In the meantime, there was confusion in some parts of Kaduna on Wednesday as the Police and other security operatives barricaded all roads leading to Ahmadu Bello Way in the state capital.
This followed the arraignment of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria(Shi’ite), Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky and wife, Zeena, in a Kaduna High Court on Wednesday.
The development forced residents who had business to transact at the city centre to retreat home for fear of attack.
There were social media messages which circulated on Tuesday of a possible attack by the Shi’ites over the arraignment of their leader.
However, the Police in a terse statement warned residents to be on the alert and reminded them that the ban on procession and demonstration was still in force.
But the Shi’ites denied any planned attack on the people of the state, noting that it was a plot by the Nigeria Police Force to smear its image.
Not taking chances, the Police and other security operatives barricaded the major road connecting the town from the Southern and Northern axis, eliciting fear among residents.
Stern-looking combat and regular policemen, operatives of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps and other complimentary agencies took positions at strategic locations along the Ahmadu Bello Way.
Ahmadu Bello Way is the commercial hub of Kaduna State.