Plateau killings: Ondo govt sends delegation to Akoko community

The Ondo State Government, on Tuesday, sent a delegation to the Ikare-Akoko community in the Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state to commiserate with the people following the killings of some 22 residents of the state that occurred along Rubuka Road, Jos North by some hoodlums.

The state deputy governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who led the delegation condemned the killing of the travellers from the state but called for calm, warning the residents against taking laws into their hands.

Aiyedatiwa assured the people of the community and the state that the security operatives will soon fish out those involved in the attack and killing, saying the perpetrators will face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to those who are contemplating similar action.

He maintained that no human life deserved to be wasted on the altar of mistaken identity, saying this will stop Nigerians from taking the law into their own hands and urged the people against reprisal attacks.

The deputy governor said that no life should be wasted on any ground, be it religious or ethnic, adding that government would ensure that justice is done.

Aiyedatiwa who described the killing the horrible and thoughtless loss of precious lives, declared unequivocally that “this sad development must stop forthwith.”

He said “I bring to you, condolences/sympathy messages from our Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. On this sad development, we are here to commiserate with you.”

“As we all know, you are one of us, the majority of you were born and brought up here, so you are not a stranger in Ondo State. You stay, you live, you work here, therefore, you are one of us.”

He said Police are working round the clock with other security forces to ensure that all perpetrators of these evil deeds are brought to book.

“We call on you all to remain calm. Religious and Traditional leaders must impress our people to exercise restraint and not take laws into their hands.

“Really, this is sad development as we feel your pains and your sorrow. This is a complete mistake of identity when our people passed through the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Our governor has been discussing with Plateau State governor and a number of arrests had been made as our state is ready to pursue this matter to a logical conclusion. All the culprits will never go unpunished. Please, let’s not retaliate as we are with you in thoughts and in prayers.”

While responding, the Akala of Ikaram-Akoko, Oba (Commodore) Olamoyi Momodu Rtd, appreciated the state government for identifying with the community at this darkest hour.

The leader of the Hausa Community in Akoko land, Alhaji Muhammed Haladu, also commended the state government for the show of love and concerns over the ugly incident.

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