The Ondo state government on Monday averted an attempt by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ondo state chapter to chase Dr Doyin Odebowale, senior special assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu out of office.
The Precision NG reports that the NLC had in a letter written last week Friday to Akeredolu, that it would chase Odebowale out of his office, today, Monday May 10, over an alleged assault of a pregnant woman, Adeola Egbedi.
Odebowale had on Thursday last week allegedly slapped Egbedi, an environmental guard officer while she was supervising the weekly sanitation exercise at the Oja Oba market in Akure, the state capital.
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He had since denied the allegation, adding that it was the handiwork of corrupt elements in the state.
But the NLC insisted that Odebowale should be suspended to pave the way for a probe, while threatening to sack him from the office, if the Governor failed to suspend him.
The Precision NG reports that members of the union gathered on Monday morning to mobilise for an action against Odebowale, before some state officials prevailed on them to see reason why the protest should be suspended, in order not to be hijacked by hoodlums.
The deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa was among top government officials who ran down to the NLC office to appeal to them.
He assured them that the government is aware of the development and its being cautious not to issue a statement in haste on the matter, without investigation.
The NLC members were united in their demands that Odebowale be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.