Less than 24 hours of the former Chief of Staff to Edo State Governor, Taiwo Akerele tendered his resignation letter, at least 25 personnel of State Security Services (SSS) Sunday evening invaded his residence and arrested his Personal Assistant Jaspa Olowojoba after using him to search Akerele’s house located off 1st Ugbor Road in Benin city while the whereabouts of Akerele is unknown.
Akerele resigned his position on Friday night and was replaced by Ethan Uzamere as the new Chief of staff.
The DSS detectives arrived his residence at about 5 pm in an 18 seater bus and three vehicles of Operation Wabaizigan.
It was gathered that a security detail to the governor had called Olowojoba to come and remove Akerele’s personal belongings from his former office but Olowojoba was said to have said he would come and do that on Monday but the security detail was said to have prevailed on him to come and the security men were said to have allowed him to remove all his belongings and then followed him home when he removed the last consignments of his belongings.
As at the time of filing this report, Akerele and Olowojoba’s lines were switched off while the whereabouts of Akerele who was said to have received visitors in his house earlier in the day remain unknown.
A source close to the former Chief of Staff told newsmen yesterday that “They called his PA severally that he should come and collect Akerele’s personal belongings so that the new Chief of Staff could resume but Olowojoba said he would come for them on Monday but he insisted and when he went they allowed him to remove all his belongings and when they were going with the last consignment, SSS went with him to Akerele’s house, they ransacked his house and then went away with his PA but Akerele’s whereabouts is unknown.