Ekiti: Security Council Reads Riot Act to Kidnappers, Accomplices

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An emergency meeting of the Ekiti State Security Council took place on
Monday with a view to arresting the spate of kidnapping and other
criminal activities in the state following the killing of two and
abduction of five people in the last one week.
Briefing the press of the council’s resolution after the meeting, the
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Owoseni
Ajayi, stated that the council frowned at the high incidence of
kidnapping in the state in the last one week, vowing not only to
rescue the victims in the custody of the kidnappers alive, but to
stamp out kidnapping activities in the state.
According to the press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, and made available to the press on
Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, the council said that security measures would be
taken to protect life and property and also called on the people
particularly landlords, hoteliers to know the kind of people they
offer accommodation as laws would be enacted soon that would deal both with the criminals and their accomplices.
It appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the
government and the security agencies, saying there would be strict
security measures and check points in strategic places across the
state.
The Council resolved that usage of tinted classes would be prohibited,
while there would be frequent hotel checks, with a call to hoteliers
to monitor their customers and offer information to security agents on
any suspected person, saying any hotel linked to criminals would be
sealed up.
Plantations of indian hemps and cannabis would also be impounded
henceforth, while culprits would be prosecuted as efforts would be
made for the enactment of relevant laws to decisively deal with the
criminals and their accomplices.
The council said it required the cooperation of everybody in the state
to join hands with the government to join hands to fight criminals to
a standstill.
The Council also resolved that the state would not condone any
invasion of foreign bodies or security threat before and after the May
29 handing over date, advising those muting the idea to drop it in
their own interest.
The council praised security agencies in the state over their efforts
to ensure there is peace in the state, appealing to religious leaders,
traditional rulers, labour leaders and other stakeholders to continue
to cooperate with the government and security personnel to provide
adequate security in the state.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ojune Ibine, who was at the
meeting and in a separate press interview, assured people of the state
of improved security measure, warning criminals to have a rethink as
the police was ready to go all out against them.
He assured that the release of kidnapped persons would soon be effected.
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