Rising Kidnappings And Killings In Ekiti Spark Fears Among Residents
Residents of Ekiti State have called for improved security, while lamenting the increased bank robberies and killings in the state.
Some of the victims of the spate of killings in the state include a former Commissioner of the Federal Character Commission and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bunmi Ojo who was shot dead in August this year, by yet to be identified gunmen.
Also, APC treasure in the state, Moses Adeoye, was murdered in October, in Otun, Moba Local Government Area of the state.
Three policemen and one other person were reportedly killed in October at Ijero Ekiti, Ekiti State during a bank robbery. The robbers were said to have shot the policemen and the three died on the spot.
A member of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Michael Adedeji also died in the early hours of Monday, October 29 following gunshot wounds sustained in the head on Friday, October 26. Adedeji was shot by unknown gunmen while travelling to Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Also a monarch, Oba Gbadebo Ogunsakin was stabbed while returning from a palace meeting.
The residents have therefore called for swift intervention over theses increased criminal activities despite assurances given by relevant agencies.
They believe the police can do more with government and ensure citizens have a sense of safety.
One of the residents of the communities, Adetunji Olawale who spoke withBounce News noted that something urgent needs to be done.
"The people (robbers) operate like they own the land.”
Another resident, Bisi Afuye asked the relevant authorities to increase the presence of security personnel in the state.
“The stakes are high now, the news of kidnapping is uncomfortable and there is need for government to act fast. This is Christmas period,
The state governor Kayode Fayemi in response to the spate of killings said the government is working with security agencies by providing adequate security apparatus needed to perform effectively, in order to put an end to the violence.
“I am very concerned about this and I am working very hard to ensure that we put a stop to this spate of violence,” he said.
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