APC, Fayose bicker over kidnappings in Ekiti
‘Ekiti always ungovernable whenever APC loses power’
It’s Fayose fault — APC
As the wave of kidnapping in Ekiti State reaches a critical level, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state and Governor Ayodele Fayose are pointing accusing fingers at each other.
Barely a week after a nurse working with the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti , Mrs Margaret Aladeneka, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, former Chief Medical Director of the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Dr Patrick Adegun, was last Thursday abducted.
Adegun, who is a staff of EKSUTH was kidnapped at about 8.00pm alongside his wife, Kikelomo and taken to an unknown destination. They were kidnapped few metres from the gate of their house located at Goshen Avenue, Oke Ila within Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Also, a lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Dr. Femi Omisore was at the weekend kidnapped by unidentified people in Ado Ekiti, while on his way to Oye Ekiti, where a new Federal University is located.
The lecturer, it was learnt, works at the Department of Environmental Design Management of the institution.
According to a source, the kidnappers also killed Omisore’s driver and burnt his vehicle.
It’s Fayose’s faults – APC
The APC in Ekiti has alleged that the failure of the governor to fulfil his promises to his rough-necks after using them for political violence had exposed the state to all manner of characters that now stalk the residents after the governor’s refusal to adequately finance security agencies to protect the people.
APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said in statement that so far, the governor had failed to deliver on all his campaign promises, regretting that besides house-breaking and robbery incidents, six persons, including medical doctors, have been kidnapped in the state in the last five months.
According to him, the horror of the kidnapping of medical doctors has forced medical practitioners in the state to down tools.
“We raised the alarm when the trend started, calling the attention of Ekiti people to the governor’s refusal to fund security agencies like his predecessor, which was responsible for low crime rate between 2010 and 2014; even though Fayose increased his personal security vote to N200 million per month
“What is happening now is a confirmation of our earlier claim that the 19 APC lawmakers were targets of kidnapping to reduce their number in order to stall his impeachment. This would have been done if they had attended the meeting at ABUAD where we were reliably informed that an ambush had been laid for them,” Olatunbosun said.
He added that the recent kidnap incidents could not be detached from the earlier state of siege and insecurity by criminals after the government unleashed thugs, miscreants and Ado Ekiti jail break escapees to harass political opponents.
“The thugs, who are still currently being lodged in the Government House, had in the past unleashed terror on opposition members in every town across Ekiti State. We have every reason to believe that it is the same criminals and their colleagues from neighbouring Ondo State that are responsible for the recent kidnapping in the state,” Olatubosun said.
He added:”We raised the alarm about the state of insecurity in Ekiti in the last six months that Fayose mounted the saddle as governor. It was first jailbreak, followed by the reign of armed robbers, next was the reign of thugs who maimed opponents in all towns in Ekiti and now it is kidnappers.
“We call on security agencies, especially the Acting IGP Solomon Arase, to revisit our petitions on the thugs sheltered in the Government House by Fayose who he has been using to harass APC members, including the 19 lawmakers. They should be arrested and prosecuted now. Their details are with the security agents already.
“We sympathise with Ekiti people who were deceived by Fayose into believing he is the best for them. They now know better, as the difference between a government that really cared for the masses and a government of stunts and deceit is becoming clearer by the day.”
The APC vampires are back, Fayose alleges
According to the assertion by governor Fayose’s Media Aide on New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka; ‘’No doubt, Ekiti State is always made ungovernable whenever the All Progressives Congress elements lose power in the state.
‘’When Engr Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was governor, they made Ekiti ungovernable, using organised crime – Kidnapping and armed robbery.
‘’In just one year (2009 – 2010) that they invaded Ekiti State with the Charles Ojo Ovie-led gang; here are a few of what they did; January 3, 2009 – Kehinde Fasubaa was killed in Ado-Ekiti; August 2, 2009 – Three officers of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – SP Mohammed Manua, CPL Wasiu Olatunbosun and CPL Simeon Obadero were killed at Fajuyi Park area, Ado Ekiti; August 3, 2008 – The then Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Barrister R.K. Olaiya and his wife, Barrister Franca Olaiya, Chief Olayode Olusola and two others were kidnapped at Ikole-Ekiti. The victims were coming to Ado-Ekiti in a Toyota Corolla car with registration number EK 621 A01;
October 7, 2009 – One Rev Jeje, Sanusi and Odigie Harrison were killed at Ifaki-Ekiti during an armed robbery; January 30, 2010 – Attah of Aiyede, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi, Provost of the College of Education, Ikere, Dr. Gabriel Olowoyo and two others were kidnapped and murdered.
According to him; ‘’Now that their evil plot to impeach Governor Ayodele Fayose has failed, they have resorted to their old tactics – organised crimes!
‘’Kidnapping is now rampant in Ekiti as it was in 2009 when they desperately wanted to snatch power from Engr Segun Oni of the PDP.’’