Residents have attributed the violence to the alleged neglect of safety operatives by the instant previous authorities.
Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Residents of communities in Ekiti State live in worry, following the current wave of violence, kidnapping and killings that has enveloped the state.
Many are extra apprehensive that the safety businesses are but to unravel the thriller behind the surge of abductions and killings presently plaguing the state.
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Certainly, the months after the July 14, 2018, governorship ballot, which introduced in Governor Kayode Fayemi, have recorded difficult safety points and tragic incidents.
Whereas some residents have attributed the event to the change in authorities and alleged laxity on the a part of the safety equipment, others, notably the present management in the state, have blamed the violence on the alleged neglect of safety operatives by the speedy previous authorities.
Shortly earlier than the ballot, the state quaked beneath the fear of some killings believed to have been perpetrated by cultists. Seven younger males suspected to be cultists have been killed. Then got here the ugly homicide of a shining mild in the state, a former commissioner with the Federal Character Fee, Comrade Bunmi Ojo.
The late Bunmi Ojo
His killing by yet-to-be-apprehended gunmen shocked many younger individuals in Ekiti. Many wailed and cursed the merciless destiny that befell the daddy of three younger youngsters.
His spouse, Mrs. Funmi Ojo, stated her late husband was shot lifeless at shut vary with native weapons in a public viewing centre in the Adebayo space of Ado Ekiti.
That incident heralded a wave of armed theft assaults on banks in some communities in the state. In Ilawe, headquarters of Ekiti West Native Authorities Space, a financial institution theft resulted in the deaths of two younger males, whereas one other in Ido-Ekiti, headquarters of Ido-Osi Native Authorities Space, had 4 individuals, together with three policemen, dropping their lives.
A member of the state Home of Meeting, Michael Adedeji, was in the night time of October 26, 2018, shot lifeless in Ikere Ekiti whereas he was driving to Akure. Whereas residents alleged that cultists gunned him down, the police stated it was an assault by armed robbers.
A lawyer, Adeola Adebayo, 33, was kidnapped on November 17, 2018. He was ultimately killed by his abductors even after that they had collected ransom.
The late Adebayo
He was allegedly kidnapped on the Efon-Erio-Aramoko Street and brought to an undisclosed location. His decomposing physique was discovered on Sunday, December 2, final yr.
On December 6, 2018, Matthew Favour, a 16-year-old scholar of Ado Grammar Faculty, Ado-Ekiti, was hacked to dying with a machete by one other scholar, Kehinde Timilehin, inside the faculty premises throughout a juju (voodoo) supremacy contest.
On Friday, December 20, bandits struck once more in the house of an All Progressive Congress (APC) Home of Meeting candidate for Ekiti West Constituency II, Tajudeen Akingbolu.
Akingbolu, who hails from Aramoko Ekiti in Ekiti West, stated the trauma of the assault unleashed on his household by the bandits was indescribable, including that his eight-year-old daughter was nonetheless horrified by the incident.
Additionally in the morning of Thursday, December 27, some gunmen despatched one other younger man to his early grave in entrance of the Tosin Aluko Park alongside the Ado-Ikere Street in the Ajilosun space of the state capital.
The next day, the councillor of Ward 9 in Ado Ekiti Native Authorities Space was murdered in the night time. The deceased, Deji Akeredolu, was additionally an aide to Mr. Deji Ogunsakin, the operating mate to Prof. Olusola Eleka, the Ekiti PDP gubernatorial candidate in the July 14, 2018, governorship election.
The late Akeredolu
Reacting to the event, Mr. Ogunsakin decried the insecurity in the state and referred to as on Fayemi to make sure that the state of affairs was urgently tackled.
“I am also calling on the state commissioner of police to address the situation,” he stated.
On Tuesday, January 1, gunmen struck once more, killing an accounting officer with Emure Native Authorities space, Mr. Abayomi Ajayi.
It was gathered that Ajayi was killed at about 8pm alongside Ikere-Ise Street whereas coming back from work. Two different staff of the council have been kidnapped in the course of the incident.
The kidnapped victims, in accordance with sources, have been the coordinator of the State Main Well being Care, Dr Fashina and the Administrative Officer, Pastor Onaade. The 2 regained their freedom on Saturday, January 5, after the police clamped down on the criminals.
In a petition addressed to Governor Fayemi, copies of which have been submitted to the commissioner of police in the state and the director of the Division of State Service (DSS), the Nigeria Bar Affiliation (NBA) stated the violence in Ekiti had assumed worrisome dimensions.
The petition, which was signed by Mr. Ibrahim Olarenwaju, a pacesetter of the state NBA, Ikole department, learn in half: “The aim of presidency is to offer safety for lives and property.
“The state government is not oblivious of the activities of these deadly killers between Iwaraja and Aramoko Ekiti. We demand immediate request for the deployment of troops to comb the area, arrest and bring to justice those who perpetrated this killing.”
The state police public relations officer, Mr. Caleb Ikechukwu, stated the police have been doing a yeoman’s job in responding to the safety challenges. He said that insecurity was not peculiar to Ekiti, as that there have been safety points in many elements of the nation.
His phrases: “You understand that Ekiti State celebrated Christmas season with none safety hitch. Just lately, we’ve got arrested six cultists suspected to belong to the Aye confraternity and 4 armed robbers who have been armed with cut-to-size weapons. This was early this month.
“And concerning the kidnap case alongside Ise street, we went after them and have been capable of rescue two of the victims. It was simply unlucky that considered one of them was shot on the spot of the incident.
“The safety businesses have met with the state authorities and we’ve deliberated a lot on the best way out of the safety state of affairs. All through the festive season, our males have been on the street, and there wasn’t any safety situation.
“We now have a brand new deputy commissioner (DC Operations), AC Operations and a brand new commissioner. We are also going to have a brand new commander for the Cellular Pressure. With all these modifications, we be sure that all arms are on deck to ensure that the safety equipment is working. The state authorities has all the time been very cooperative. The federal government has been having conferences with all the safety businesses in the state to make sure peace in the state.
“The state governor has given his word that the Ikere-Ondo axis should have a 24-hour surveillance. He has asked for a template to provide the logistics and that has been made available. The state government is cooperating with us in that regard to ensure that Ekiti is well secured. I urge the people of the state to rest assured that they won’t have any security issues any longer.”
Mr. Rotimi Important Aromolaran, a United States-trained safety advisor, stated Ekiti was in pressing want of a homeland safety unit. The Igbole-Ekiti-born safety professional stated it was worrisome that Ekiti was being became a killing area by some unscrupulous parts and urged the state authorities to work on fixing the issues instantly.
Stated he: “I counsel Governor Fayemi to make sure that he places in place what one can name a homeland safety staff or division. I’m positive that the state already has a safety council, however there’s an pressing have to have a homeland safety unit, which can allow the state authorities to know what actually is occurring concerning the safety challenges in the state. The unit may have a presence in all of the native authorities areas.
“We have no idea whether or not what is occurring in the state is because of the final governorship election in the state, which has led to a change of presidency. How does one clarify a state of affairs the place after a change of presidency such safety points are arising? I consider that Governor Fayemi ought to be capable of do that due to his expertise as a strategist and all that.
I strongly consider that structurally, one thing is missing in phrases of safety in the state and the state authorities ought to urgently repair that.
“I additionally need to advise the individuals of the state to be safety acutely aware. They need to additionally domesticate the behavior of alerting the safety businesses to problems with insecurity and crime. The individuals ought to have a robust neighbourhood watch system. They need to relate properly with each other with a view to watching towards safety threats. Additionally, the act of volunteerism ought to be imbibed by the individuals. When the criminals know that the individuals are watchful and properly knowledgeable, they might be cautious of committing crimes.
“The security apparatus have to be more proactive. The intelligence arm of the Nigeria police can very well handle the situation if they really want to. This I know so much. The flash points or vulnerable points for security issues in the state should be taken care of very well and on time. They should be more proactive and effective. The police and other intelligence agencies have the training and the capacity to do this very well. If the logistics are lacking, the state government should make that available. Government and the security agencies must ensure that everything necessary is done to stop the violence in the state.”