By Tola Gbadamosi & Adekola Afolabi
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has condemned in strong terms, the attack on a construction site in Owo, where two people were killed and a foreign construction worker abducted.
Governor Akeredolu visited the scene of the incident on Thursday in Company of the commissioner of Police, Mr Oyeyemi Oyediran; Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters and Commander of Amotekun Corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye and the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing, Raimi Aminu.
The Governor expressed shock at the ugly development, while stressing that it is unfortunate that such incident could occur in Ondo State of today.
Akeredolu also visited the operational base of the expatriates in Owo town, to reassure them of their safety.
“I am shocked. Seriously, this development is not expected in Ondo state of today. Ondo state is where we take security very serious. It has been part of our pride that we ensure security of lives and property by making sure that all the security apparatus are working well.
“The construction area is within the town. One is surprised that some criminals can infiltrate the site in town and carry out this dastardly act. We lost a military man and a driver. The expatriate, has been kidnapped.
“We have come to visit the expatriates here. This is where they operate from. They have all their equipment here. We have come to reassure them. They have been here for over four years and nothing happened. This is an incident that no one planned for. This is a safe city. I hope they will go back to work and we will reinforce their security,” the Governor said.
Governor Akeredolu, who assured the rescue of the kidnapped expatriate, also commiserated with the families of the victims who fell to the bullets of the gunmen.
Also speaking, the state Commander of Amotekun Corps who also doubles as Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Adetunji Adeleye, said government would not relent in its efforts at securing the state.
“We have beefed up security apparatus to improve security and ensure the safety of all just as Mr Governor has said. We will not compromise it. This will not happen again,” he added.
Meanwhile, Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba (Dr) Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has appealed to the general public to be calm and go about their legitimate businesses without fear as security agencies fully alerted and appropriate steps are now being taken.
Olowo said, the state Government has promised to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book while adequate protection will bẹ provided for the site workers and the community to forestall future occurrence.
Oba Ogunoye, in a statement, signed by His Special Assistant Media,Sam Adewale, condemned in outright term the attack on the workers who are on their legitimate means of likelihood and service to Owo Kingdom as well as Ondo State at large.
The Monarch who on behalf of the Kingdom commiserates with the family of the deceased soldier and the driver, the construction Company, Nigerian Army and Ondo State Government.