An Environmental security guard, Mrs Adeola Egbebi has slumped on duty at Oja Oba market in Akure after she was allegedly slapped by the Senior Special Assistant to the Ondo state governor on special duty, Dr Doyin Odebowale.
We learnt that the worker who is heavily pregnant, was reported assaulted by Odebowale for not standing up to greet him like her other environmental workers.
An eyewitness who is a market woman said, “the woman has been working since resuming duty and it was time for the environmental security guards to leave the Erekesan market when the governor’s SSA Odebowale arrived the place with his men and started harassing the workers but Mrs Egbebi was unable to stand up to greet him immediately which infuriated the SSA and gave the woman hot slap and slumped.
“The most unfortunate thing is that the SSA didn’t even care to take the woman to hospital; it was her colleagues and some good Samaritans that helped us to take to a private hospital.
“Consequently as a pregnant woman Mrs Egbebi was about to lift her chair to another position, to everybody’s amazement, Dr Doyin slapped the woman and immediately she fainted and the market woman rescued her with other officers to a private hospital,” the witness said. “He used traditional ring to slap her.”
The incident has led to protest at the Head office of the Ondo state Waste Management Board at Alagbaka as the protesters shut down the gate for several hours.
Addressing the protesters, the General Manager of the Waste Management Board, Mrs Ayo Adeyemo appealed to the aggrieved environmental security guards to remain calm as she would visit the victim at the hospital.
Adeyemo said, “either pregnant or not has no right to slap any worker.”
Efforts to speak with Dr Odebowale over the incident proved abortive as he refused to pick calls to his phone while SMS for reaction was not replied as at the time of filing the report.