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Pastor Okezie’s Family Traumatized by Arrest – Minister

Ayodele Olawande. Minister of State for Youth Development, has said that the arrest of social media activist, Pastor Okezie Atani, left his loved once traumatized.

According to Olawande, in a statement, Okezie was arrested in front of his aged parents, wife and children.

The minister, however, revealed that the activist has since been released and will soon reunite with his family.

Olawande said, “As soon as my office heard about Pastor Okezie’s arrest, we swung into action not be- cause Pastor Okezie is a member of the ruling party, but because of our commitment to due process and fairness. According to the reports I received, Pastor Okezie was taken in the presence of his el- derly parents, wife, and children, who were understandably traumatized by the incident. Contrary to common standards, the station to which he was taken was not disclosed, leaving his loved ones distraught and emotionally disturbed. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

“His family now knows his whereabouts, and his well-being has been ascertained. He will be on his way home soon, while we continue to work to guarantee that no youth had to experience any form of maltreatment under our watch. I reiterate my assurance to our youth that we will continue to engage in a transparent, timely, and effective manner; and I urge obedience to laws as we try to safeguard and protect the interests of Nigeria’s young people irrespective of party or political affiliations.

“I express my gratitude to my cabinet colleagues, Hon. Minister of Police Affairs; my sister, HMS Police Affairs, the IGP of Police, and the Police Force PRO for their support in this matter.”

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