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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Insecurity: Obas appeal for more security personnel

By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko


As tension continues to mount over the abduction of some construction workers in Akoko on Tuesday evening, traditional rulers in the area have called for the provision of more security personnel in the Ikaram/Akunnu and Isowopo axis.
Speaking on the issue, the Akala of Ikaram Akoko, Oba Andrew Momodu in a chat monarch appealed for more security to comb the forest for rescue operation.
Oba Momodu said the issue of kidnapping in the area is becoming too much and therefore need serious security presence and surveillance.
The monarch disclosed that the communities in Akoko will be having a conference of all the traditional rulers in the area to offer workable solution to the problem
The monarch therefore called on government to fight the issue headlong.
In the same manner, the Regent of Akuunu Akoko, Princess Tolani Orogun who spoke on phone from her vacation in the United kingdom want government to create more military posts in Akoko land and especially Akunnu/Ikaram/Ajowa and Auga/Use and Isua axis.
Princess Orogun however appealed to the residents of Akoko to be security conscious and share security intelligence with the security agents.
In the same vein, The Alauga of Auga, Oba Samuel Agunloye, appealed to government to consider the Isowopo axis as needing serious policing and military locations around the area, especially those communities sharing boundary with kogi states.
He said the incessant kidnapping and other criminal acts are now worrisome.
Three workers of the construction firm fixing the Ikaram/Akunnu road were abducted by unknown gunmen at about 6.00 pm on Tuesday and were immediately taken away into the bush by their kidnappers.
They were said to have been kidnapped immediately they close for the day’s job immediately the expatriate contractor handling the project left with his police security.
This ugly development has sent wrong signals to other contractors handling road projects in Akoko area of Ondo state an area even as rehabilitation projects presently being handled by the NDDC on the Okeagbe/Afin, Eshe/Ogbagi roads and the Ikare Akoko roads are being threatened by apprehension on the parts of the contractors and their workers for fear of being abducted.
As a result, concerned citizens of those area areas have appealed to government and security agents to provide protection for the contractors.
According to duo of Chief Ladi Bello from Akunu and Mr Afisu Sadiq from Afin Akoko, this will go a long way to assist the efforts of local vigilante to secure the contractors.
Meanwhile residents coming in from Ojo, Ajowa Akoko indicated that Fulani herders have taken over their farm lands with various negative activities that scared the people from going to their farms.
According to the chairman of local security committee of Ajowa Akoko, Mr Badru Audu, a 60 year old farmer, Chief Samuel Ademola was working in his farm and cooking yam in the hut had his motorcycle stolen from where it was parked in the camp while the yam was eaten by the herdsmen.
In another incident at Ogbaloke farm, Ojo Ajowa Akoko, a farmer, and palm wine tapper, Mr Solomon Ariyo, whose livelihood rests on selling palm wine has his palm wine drank by the herdsmen and the kegs vandalised while his maize farm was also invaded by cows and destroyed in the process.
The Hope learnt that the two latest cases have been reported to the police in Okeagbe.

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