Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has described as unacceptable the spate of violence and lawlessness taking place in Ilaje Local Government Area of the State.
Arakunrin Akeredolu bared his mind today in Akure at a meeting with the leaders and stakeholders of Ilaje.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi, highlighted the specific concerns of the Government.
“I am daily inundated with messages and pictures of events going on in the area.
We are fully briefed. Having listened to all of you, this government is concerned with the criminality of the situation on ground.
“We can no longer condoned the wasting of lives and destruction of property which has reached an unacceptable crescendo recently by the attack on a traditional ruler.
“I must commend the security men for what they are doing. However, they must do better by improving on what we have on ground.
“The kingpin of this lawlessness must be arrested and brought to book. He cannot be law unto himself. Enough is enough”, he said.
He also advised the traditional rulers to join hands with the Government in its drive to makmaking the area conducive for investment.
“As traditional rulers, you know your people in the communities. Henceforth, you must join hands together, all of you, from the King to the chiefs and village heads to nip in the bud all activities being perpetrated by youths against government project.
“Take control of your domains, otherwise, government will do it for you. Our effort to collect arms from militants was borne out a genuine concern to making the areas peaceful for investment and sustainable development”.
According to him, the government had stopped appointment of Baales and Olojas by the king.
“Let me remind you that the ban on appointment of baales and Olojas for the communities by the Olu still subsists.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs will send a reminder to that effect.
“We would look into your call to set up a Judicial Commission of Enquiry”
The Divisional Police Officer Igbokoda, Supretendent of Police, Akingbade Adebayo painted the picture of how the area has been hijacked and controlled by bandits and his efforts at curtailing them. He also supported the setting up of a Judicial Commission of Enquiry to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the incessant crisis in the area.