Prison attacks: Beef up security in our correctional centres, Akeredolu charges Police
In the aftermath of the invasion of the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo town, Oyo State, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has charged men of the state Police Command and other security agencies to take adequate measures to secure Correctional Homes across the state.
Akeredolu who gave this charge in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, said the call became necessary to avoid a situation where criminals will invade and attack Correctional Centres and set the inmates free as experienced in some neighbouring states.
According to Akeredolu, “This becomes very compelling in view of the disturbing trend of incessant attacks on Correctional centres in some states that border Ondo State.
“This latest variant of insecurity calls for concern, especially as contiguous states like Kogi and Ekiti as well as Oyo have suffered similar ordeal in what appears to be well-coordinated breaches aimed at achieving a common goal: setting free crime suspects, particularly those with gang identities.
“In Ondo State, there are several of such suspects standing trial in respect of cases of alleged murder, kidnapping, rape and destruction of farmlands.
“The most celebrated of such suspects are those standing trial in the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of our Elderstatesman, Pa Ruben Fasonranti”
He commended men of the State Security outfit, Amotekun in tackling insecurity in the state, urging the state Police Command to complement the efforts of the Amotekun officials, urging residents to report any suspicious movement in their communities.
He said “While the Southwest Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun has demonstrated considerable capacity in tackling insecurity, it is pertinent that the Nigeria Police authority, especially the State Command, deploys more men to secure Correctional Homes in the State.
“All residents are equally enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around their respective environments.”
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