Akeredolu assents to Bill establishing Ondo Security Trust Fund

• as Amotekun rescue two of three kidnapped victims, on the trail of kidnappers

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state will on Tuesday sign into law a bill for the establishment of the State Security Trust Fund into law.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Mr Richard Olatunde, disclosed that signing the bill into law will further consolidate the efforts of the governor on securing the lives and property of the people of the state.

The statement reads: “As part of the commitment to sustaining his administration’s efforts and ensuring the effective functioning of the security structure in the state, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, will be signing into law the bill for the establishment of the Ondo State Security Trust Fund on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

“Recall that the Governor had signed the bill establishing the Ondo State Security Network, codenamed “Amotekun”, into Law in his first tenure in Office and also recently assented to the Anti-Open grazing bill among several other steps taken by his administration to ensure maximum security of the people of the state.

“The State Security Trust Fund Bill, when signed into law, will, among several other objectives, sustain the gains already recorded on security in the state and enable government source for fund outside its limited resources to strengthen the state’s security architecture.”

Meanwhile, officers of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun, have rescued two kidnap victims along the Oba Akoko/ Owo road of the state, while they are on the trail of the kidnappers to secure the freedom of the third victim.

The victims which include, Shina Ogunniyi, 38, and his worker, Lawal Oseni, 20, and one other person, identified as a butcher were travelling to Owo to deliver a cow when they ran into the kidnappers who whisked them into the forest.

The Amotekun officials in the area were alerted and swung into action, tracing the kidnappers and their victims to a camp inside the forest and succeeded in rescuing two of the victims.

One of the rescued victims, Ogunniyi said the kidnappers after dispossessing them of their phones and other valuables tied their hands and led them into the forest, where they walked for several hours before getting to their camp.

He, however, said their abductors noticed some strange movement and ran away with the third victims, leaving him and his motor boy behind, but said some of the Amotekun men went after them.

He said “They tied our hands and legs and asked us to start moving into the forest. We got to a location where we sat. After some time, they became apprehensive.

“They noticed some movement and ray of light and they quickly took the butcher and fled, while they left me and my motor boy behind at the spot.

“After some time, the Amotekun men walked to us and rescued us after we gave them the full account of what happened, some of them immediately took us to their vehicle, while others went after the men to rescue the third person”

Confirming their rescue, the state Amotekun Corps Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said his men rescued the two men from the kidnapers’ den in Akoko forest.

He said “We got a distress call that occupants of a Golf Station Wagon had been kidnapped at about 9pm between Oba- Akoko and Owo road yesterday.

“We dispatched our men to the area and they combed of the forest in the axis till the early hours of today and we’re able to rescue two of the victims, while our men are still searching for the third victim.

“The driver is one Mr Shina Ogunniyi and the second occupant is Oseni Lawal. Our men are on the trail of the third occupant of the vehicle.

Adeleye assured that the third victim would be rescued while the perpetrators will be brought to book saying “our men are still combing the forest and I am sure the man will be rescued unhurt.”

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