Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over increasing wave of insecurity in the state, accusing the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led government in the State of abandoning the State for armed bandits to take over.
The PDP in a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Raphael Adeyanju, described the kidnapping of a popular petroleum dealer, Alhaji Sulaiman Akinbami, in the premises of his petrol station in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital as a major danger signal. He said it was getting to a level where residents of the State would not be safe in their bedrooms.
But the APC in his reaction, through the Special Assistant to the Governor Fayemi on Public Communications, Segun Dipe, noted that the business of security should be a joint effort from the government and the citizens
He noted that the present administration in the state would continue to provide the needed support for the security agencies in protecting lives and property.
He said, ” Let me first and foremost say that security is everybody’s duty and job. It starts from the family and individuals.
“Government can only put security checks in some places because of security threats”.
According to the PDP “It is sad and shameful that Alhaji Akinbami was kidnapped right in his business premises.”
The PDP pointed out that rather than jumping from one place to the other, strrugling to be the Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023, Governor Fayemi should face governance in Ekiti and make the State safe for residents and visitors.
The party lamented that Ekiti State that the police adjudged as the most peaceful during the tenure of Dr Ayodele Fayose has now become a State where almost all its roads have been taken over by bandits, who have turned the State to a major catchment area for their kidnapping business.
It said a serious government would have taken decisive steps when a Chinese engineer was abducted along Ado-Iyin Road, because that was a pointer to the fact that the bandits were getting to the State capital.