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Kidnapping: Why I met Ebira leaders – Akeredolu

By Adekola Afolabi

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The Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has explained the reason he held a closed door meeting with leaders of Ebira community in the State.

At the well attended meeting held at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure, Governor Akeredolu warned Ebiras living in the State to flush out criminals among them and join hands with the government in ridding the state of crime.

Addressing reporters shortly after the closed door meeting, Akeredolu  explained that the meeting was summoned in the light of the recent development of the June 5 attack in Owo and other kidnapping cases in the state.

The Ebiras were led by the Odeyani Anabira, Zubair Dan Musa and the State Chairman of Ebira, Alhaji Chief Abdulazeez Majeobaje.

The Governor, who stressed that the Ebira people have lived together with the indigenes of the state for too long charged them not to deviate from their farming trade.

Also present at the meeting are, the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 17, Mr. Yusuf Mohammed Akeera; Heads of Security Agencies; members of the State Executive Council; and Chairmen of the six Local Government Councils in the Northern Senatorial Districts of the State.

Akeredolu disclosed that the leaders of the Ebira Community have been urged to rid themselves of criminals and deal with the situation the best way, so as to protect their name and integrity in the State.

“We summoned this meeting with our brothers. They are not new here but because of the recent developments that have to do with the Owo massacre and kidnappings, we have to call ourselves.

 “I can assure you all that we have had very frank discussion with ourselves and the leader of the Ebiras in Ondo State spoke on behalf of Ebiras and few other persons

 “It is clear that the message from us to them is well understood and we have assurance from the Ebiras who are living in Ondo State that they would corporate with the security agencies and that the incident in Owo was something that they themselves felt very bad about.

“I also have received a letter from Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, that is the leader of Ebira in the World, commiserating again and expressing his own embarrassment on what happened.

“So, we leave here today with the belief that our brothers, Ebira that are here, would, at the least, work to ensure that there is security in Ondo State and in doing that, we have charged them to discus with all their people.

“They have assured us they would do that and we want to call on our people that at least, let us continue with our brotherliness and maintain the good relationship we have had with them in the past.

“We believe that it is not those who are residing here that came to perpetrate this crime. That is what they have said and we should give them another chance, Akeredolu added.

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