Ondo Govt will ask Residents to get Guns If… – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has vowed to order the citizens of the state to get guns to defend themselves if the terror attack continues in the state.

Akeredolu who also vowed that his administration will smoke criminals out of the hidings across the 18 local governments of the state, noted that if the criminal resisted arrest, his government would send them to where they would get justice.

The governor stated this on Friday while donating 50 fitted Patrol Vehicles to all the Security Agencies as part of the commitment of his administration to further strengthen the security of lives and property of the people in the State.

Akeredolu said “If bandit can save their people from the government and the government cannot save their people from bandits there is a problem. We are in serious problem in the country. Insecurity is an issue. I am worried. These people kidnap from everywhere and they operate at will.”

The governor further stated that ”We still recall with trepidation the dastardly act of last month when some daredevil terrorists who have lost their souls to the devil launched an attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa in the ancient city of Owo.

“One of my promises then to the people of Ondo State was to do everything humanly possible to strengthen the capacity of our security agencies to be able to anticipate, prevent and combat a recurrence of such man’s inhumanity to mankind.
“Today, it gives me great delight to commission and hands over additional security equipment particularly fitted Patrol Vehicles, to security agencies operating in the State towards boosting the capacity of our men in the line of duty of crime fighting so that our people can go about their businesses and livelihood without fear of molestation or attack.

“In doing this, the agencies would be better equipped and strengthened to carry out their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property and combating acts of criminality in our dear State.

“Let me emphasise that procurement and distribution of vehicles to security agencies have been a recurring exercise in our state since we came on board.  We have done this for the umpteenth time. As a government, we are aware of the inadequacies of our security agencies and we are prepared, more than ever, to be supportive because it borders on the lives of the people who voted us into office.  

“I wish to reassure the good people of Ondo State of our avowed commitment to the constitutional responsibility of every government which is the security of lives and property and welfare of the people as enshrined in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).  This will remain our topmost priority.”

Governor Akeredolu noted that the provision of the vehicles is in addition to other logistic supports that his administration has continued to render because of its conviction in the dignity of human life.

“I, therefore, wish to inform naysayers that we are prepared to make Ondo State uncomfortable and too hot for any identified criminals to hibernate.

“Therefore, these vehicles will be deployed to relevant security agencies in charge of internal security to enable them to function more effectively and efficiently. Our Key Performance Indicator shall remain a Zero Tolerance to Crime of whatever dimension.” He stressed.

Governor Akeredolu commended the sustained cooperation among the security agencies in the State, which he said has culminated in a more peaceful environment and a reduction in crime occurrences.

“It is apposite to state that despite the occasional flashes of incidence of criminalities, Ondo State remains one of the relatively peaceful states in Nigeria. I salute you all for your efforts in this regard.” The Governor noted.

In their separate goodwill messages, the Deji of Akure, Oba(Dr)Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and the Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the State, Rt. Rev Daniel Ayodeji Akomo

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