Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo has cleared the air on the drama that ensued when a DSS official tried to stop his deputy, Philip Shaibu, from meeting him on Sunday, August 27.
The incident transpired at the New Festival Hall of Government House, Benin, on Sunday, when Shaibu stood up to greet Obaseki, but a DSS operative blocked him.
Speaking on the issue, Chief Press Secretary to Obaseki, Andrew Okungbowa, said the DSS operative was only doing his job.
Okungbowa said: “Whatever happened at the church service was not at the behest of the governor, neither was he aware of what the security aides were doing. In fact, the security aides were doing their job.
“Besides, the governor was not aware that the deputy was coming to greet him. The church is a public event, so the security aides had a duty to safeguard their principal.”
It was gathered that Obaseki, seated beside his wife, Betsy, and Charles Aniagwu, a commissioner of Delta state, looked away as Shaibu fruitlessly explained to the operative who stood his ground.
Shaibu later returned to his seat following the embarrassing incident.