Hunger, Poverty Hunt Ondo Residents
The pang of hunger and poverty is obviously taking its toll on the people of Ondo State.
Notwithstanding the juicy promises of alleviating poverty and creating massive employment by this present administration, the people seem to have lost confidence in their government and taken their fate in their hands.
To these ones, crime is the viable and quick answer to their immediate needs without minding its ugly consequences.
From police stations to law court, reported cases of crimes from Ondo has continued to scream on the front pages of newspapers on daily basis.
Just on Wednesday, an Okitipupa Magistrates Court in the State ordered the remand of 35 year-old farmer, Rotimi Fabiyi for stealing 200 tubers of yam valued at N35,000.
The accused who pleaded guilty to the allegation was ordered to be remanded in prison custody by the Magistrate, Banji Ayeomoni.
This is coming barely two days after a 36-year-old father of one, Damilola Kehinde has accepted responsibility for the theft of a 30-litre jerry can of diesel in a Photo Laboratory Centre located at Leo area in Akure.
The suspect who was apprehended within the premises of the Centre confessed that he stole the product in order to raise money to send his only child to school.
Commenting on the spate of crime within the state, Mr. Felix Adesuyan, a legal practitioner condemned the development.
"No matter the state of poverty and joblessness in the society, crime is crime and has no other name. It is against the law and whoever is caught in the act should be made to face the full wrath of the law." He maintained.
Mr. Adekunle Ojo, a civil servant however held a contrary view.
"If truth must be told, things are hard in town. You can’t really blame these people. Although, it is not good to steal but most of these people are pushed into crime because there is no other means for them.
"I can tell you categorically that if jobs are available, most of these people will not think of what they are doing right now even the Bible says an idle hand is the devil's workshop. So I don't expect less."
In his own submission, Akeem Adeoti, an Okada rider said poverty and joblessness are enough to drive people into crime.
"imagine someone like me, a graduate of Banking and Finance riding Okada simply because I don't have someone who can connect me to secure a job in the civil service, if am not disciplined, I would have also joined the bandwagon."
Speaking on the matter, Ondo state commissioner for youths and sports, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye refuted the claim that government inability to meet the demands of the people is responsible for the flurry of crime in the state.
"This administration is trying its best to get our youths engaged productively. But I must tell you that no matter how government tries, those who will commit crimes will still do." He stated.
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