Slumped Pregnant Woman: I Will Not Be Deterred By Propagandists- Odebowale

Following the story trending on social media and on-line platforms on the alleged slapping of a pregnant woman by the senior Special Assistant to Governor Akeredolu on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale has debunked the story, saying it was the handiwork of propagandists who were not comfortable with the clearing of roads and cities of shanties.

He wrote on his timeline that, the public should disregard such story. Dr Odebowale wrote: I beg, ignore the propagandists. High Priest can NEVER beat a woman, let alone a pregnant one. I love women, I respect them. Let them continue to entertain themselves. I can’t be deterred. I will clear the roads and the cities. I just demolished some shanties in Ore. I hope to continue”.

It was earlier reported that an Environmental security guard, Mrs Adeola Egbebi 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.

PATH source learnt that the worker who is heavily pregnant, was reported assaulted by Odebowole 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 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.

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