KIDNAPPERS TURN EKITI TO GOLDMINE
Members of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP)and All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Ekiti state are again in war of words as both parties are trading blames over the current kidnappings, abductions and high rate of crime in the state, just as residents are making clarion calls on the security agencies to bail them out of the impasse.
Investigations revealed that within the last one month, not less than five persons have either been kidnapped or killed out rightly with their corpses dumped by the roadside while perpetrators of the crime are yet to be identified.
A corpse of a yet to be identified person was discovered at Ipere Ekiti in Ilejemeje local government near a white garment church while the killers are not known, while a driver of a senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife, was shot dead at Ido and his master, Dr Femi Omisore abducted and taken away by suspected kidnappers.
A senior nurse with the Federal Medical Centre, Ido Ekiti was kidnapped along Ipere road while she was trying to buy fuel at a Gas station.
The victim is identified as Mrs. Margaret Aladenika. Kidnappers of the OAU lecturer had contacted his family members and demanded for a ransom of N70 million.
The university don was on way to Oye Ekiti to attend a social function when the kidnappers that had been trailing his vehicle struck at Ido and while the driver was trying to escape, he was shot dead and the car set ablaze before they escaped with their captor.
Spokesman of the Governor, Mr. Lere Olayinka pointed out that it was unfortunate that the crime rate in the state has again increased astronomically accusing the opposition APC of being behind the present situation saying “anytime they are not in power, they will try to cause insecurity to portray the state as not being safe; what Nigerians should begin to ask these people in the APC is why is it that each time they lose power; there must be crisis in Ekiti state.
“The agenda has been there to make Ekiti state ungovernable for Governor Fayose. That was what they did when Mr. Segun Oni was Governor; I have evidence, I worked with him; it was when Segun Oni was Governor that we had incidences of kidnapping, armed robbery and everything. The moment Fayemi became Governor, in his first term, all these things just stopped.
In Fajuyi area of Ado Ekiti, three top officers of SARS were killed in a day, a first class traditional ruler in the state was kidnapped, Atta of Ayede Ekiti; Provost of College of Education was also kidnapped and all of them died just because APC wanted power at all costs.
According to him, the present administration in the state in its quest to ensure safety of life and property, has purchased 18 hilux vans for the state police command and set up security trust fund in which corporate bodies and individuals donate fund for security issues adding that the present insecurity situation could not have been so tense if the security agencies have been alive to their responsibilities.
He stated that some of those responsible for kidnapping and robbery in the state are those brought into the state as thugs during the July 14 Governorship election and that now they are jobless, they resort to crime for survival.
“APC brought into the state thugs and this has led to an increase in insecurity; they brought in militants and when you recruit thugs to assist during elections and you refuse to demobilize them after the election, they will turn to innocent people in the state and harass them.
“They are the ones raising thugs. During their four years tenure, PDP in the state did not raise thugs against them.”
However, the APC advised the administration of out going Governor Ayo Fayose to provide more funds for the security agencies in the state.
The party, through its spokesman, Mr. Taiwo Olatubosun accused the Governor of withholding funds meant for the security agencies on his assumption of office in October 2014 and since then; insecurity has become the order of the day in the state.
The APC also accused the present administration of being behind the series of criminal activities in the state by habouring some of the wanted criminals by the police in the government house and feeding them to shield them from arrest and possible prosecution.
As part of the decisive move to curtail the activities of the kidnappers in the state, Governor Fayose had conveyed a meeting of the state security council, which is made up of representatives of security agencies and traditional rulers.
Landlords and hotel operators were advised to screen their guests before accommodating them while a law was being contemplated to handle the situation.