If the terrorist attack continues, we will ask our people to get weapons
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has pledged to order the citizens of the state to procure firearms for self-defense if the terrorist attack continues in the state.
Akeredolu, who has also vowed that his administration will smoke out criminals from their hiding places in the state’s 18 local government areas, noted that if criminals resist arrest, his government will send them where they will get justice.
The governor said so on Friday when donating 50 equipped patrol vehicles to all state security agencies as part of his administration’s commitment to further strengthen the safety of lives and property for residents of the state. State.
“Protecting the lives and property of our people is our priority here. Our own interest is there.
“For any other incident here, we will ask our people to get firearms for protection. We will even get guns for our people to protect themselves.
“So you want me to stay inside my house and have someone come and kill me there?”
“If we are pushed into the corner, we will also encourage our people to get arms. We talk to our traditional leaders to get traditional powers. I implore you, no one, state, country can continue to witness this kind of insecurity.
“If the bandits can save their people from the government and the government can’t save their people from the bandits, there is a problem. We have serious problems in the country. Insecurity is a problem. I’m worried. These people kidnap from everywhere and they operate at will,” Akeredolu said.
The Governor further said, “We still remember with trepidation the despicable act last month when daredevil terrorists who lost their souls to the devil launched an attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in 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 ability of our security agencies to anticipate, prevent and combat a recurrence of the inhumanity of a such a man towards humanity.
“Today, I am very pleased to order and hand over additional security equipment, particularly equipped with patrol vehicles, to security agencies operating in the state to enhance the ability of our men in the performance of their duties. of fighting crime, so that our people can go about their business and their livelihoods without fear of being molested or attacked.
“By doing so, the agencies would be better equipped and strengthened to carry out their constitutional duties to protect life and property and to combat crime in our beloved state.
“Let me point out that procuring and distributing vehicles to security agencies has 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 shortcomings of our security agencies and we are ready, more than ever, to show solidarity because this affects the lives of the people who elected us.
“I want to reassure the brave people of Ondo State of our declared commitment to the constitutional responsibility of every government, which is the safety of the lives, property and welfare of the people, as stated in the article 14 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). This will remain our top priority,” Akeredolu said.
The governor noted that the provision of the vehicles was in addition to other logistical support that his administration has continued to provide due to its belief 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 an identified criminal to hibernate.
“Therefore, these vehicles will be deployed to relevant security agencies in charge of homeland security to enable them to operate more effectively and efficiently. Our key performance indicator will remain zero tolerance for crime, whatever its dimension,” he stressed.
Governor Akeredolu praised the continued cooperation between state security agencies, which he said has resulted in a more peaceful environment and reduced occurrences of crimes.
“It is pertinent to say that despite occasional flashes of crime incidence, Ondo State remains one of the relatively peaceful states in Nigeria. I salute you all for your efforts in this regard,” the governor added.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Deji of Akure, Oba (Dr) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, and the Vice President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state, Rt. Rev. Daniel Ayodeji Akomolafe commended the Governor for his efforts to protect the life and property of the people.
They called for the creation of a state police and better accountability of the Amotekun corps to bear arms to complement the efforts of security agencies in fighting crimes.
CIG Motors President, Chief Diana Chen, who condemned the June 5 Owo attack, praised Governor Akeredolu for his bold steps to protect people’s lives and property.
She instructed people to support Amotekun’s corps and other state security agencies, adding that “it is important that people come out and say we are not afraid.”