Condolence and Sympathy
Gov. Akeredolu visits Oba Akoko, expresses displeasure over crisis
Following the aftermath of the violence which erupted at Oba Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government yesterday, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, in company of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie has visited the town.
The governor who expressed displeasure at the level of devastation at the Divisional Police Station and its barracks, wondered why the perpetrators of the dastardly acts could embark on such height of criminality and lawlessness.
He said the State Government would set up a Panel of Inquiry to find out the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate incidence and therefore determine the cost implication of damages done to public and private property.
The governor called on Police and other security agencies to enforce government directive to restrict internal human and vehicular movements in the town.
At the palace of Oloba, Governor Akeredolu regretted that despite the several phone calls made to Oba Nurudeen Adegoroye to prevail on his people to maintain peace and order, the people rebuffed sense of reasoning.
The State Commissioner of Police had earlier briefed the governor on how his men at the station were overpowered by irate mob whose actions were politically motivated after they had illegally blocked all entries into the town.
The CP who however confirmed the arrest of some hoodlums engaged in various forms of electoral offences, assured that there would be enough reinforcements to restore peace and order.
The DPO, ASP Mayegun Adewale who conducted the governor and the Commissioner of Police round the station and other strategic places in the town said the hoodlums were not only youths.
He said the sporadic shootings by the criminals showed the calibre of firearms with them and the fact that they were well coordinated for the ugly incidence.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo narrated to newsmen how distressed calls came to combined teams of Security Agencies, of plans by the hoodlums to destroy electoral materials including ballot boxes and result sheets used for State Assembly election in parts of Akoko Southwest Local Government Area.
He said the security personnel had to embark on an a fierce security operation to dislodge the miscreants before the electoral officials and materials used in the election could be rescued to the Collation Centre in Iwaro-oka.