Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has vowed to do everything lawfully possible to stamp out insecurity in the state by chasing criminal elements that have turned it to a haven of kidnapping, banditry and other forms of crimes.
Akeredolu who spoke during an interactive session with Ebira, Hausa and Fulani leaders in the state said he won’t fold his arms and allow miscreants to continually perpetuate crimes .
Government house correspondent, Joseph Ikugbonmire reports that the senior special assistant to the governor on security, Jimoh Dojumo, state commissioner of police, Bolaji Salami and the commander of the state security network agency, Adetunji Adeleye attended the meeting.
The meeting which was aimed at putting an end to the incidence of criminal activities, particularly kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery and other violent crimes perpetrated by certain people, became imperative following its rising spate in the state.
Governor Akeredolu who stated that the meeting is to help address the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities which security reports and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases all point in one direction noted that the incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen.
While stressing that as the governor he is obliged to do everything lawful to protect the lives and property of all residents of the State, Akeredolu said all the criminal elements who hide under various guises to aid the destruction of farmlands as well as perpetrate other violent crimes must be stamped out.
The governor solicited the cooperation of the leaders of the fulani, hausa and ebira communities residing in the state to assist the law enforcement officers in this regard as his government will do all that is necessary to give support to them as they tirelessly combat these crimes.
The governor therefore reiterated his ban on night grazing, prohibition of cattle movement within cities as well as high ways, under aged grazing and a seven day matching order to all herdsmen to vacate all Forest Reserves in the State with immediate effect.
Also speaking, the commissioner of police, Bolaji Salami and the Amotekun corps commander in the state, Adetunji Adeleye enjoined leadership of these communities to always provide information to bring bad eggs among them to book