The chairman of Bolakomo Ventures, Mrs Olubola Adeya has described the closure of her business outfit by Amotekun Corps in Akure, the Ondo State capital as illegal and a violation of human rights.
It would be recalled that the State Government had last week ordered the immediate closure of the club located opposite Oyemekun Grammar School, in the Akure metropolis.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, September 6, Mrs Adeya said “no specific reason was given for the invasion and closure of the premises on the fateful day.”
She also stated that the Amotekun Corps is now being used to attack innocent citizens instead of protecting the people from herdsmen.
The statement reads “In the morning of 4th Sept. 2021 at about 8a.m the Ondo State Security Network Command, Amotekun stormed the premises of Bola Komo Ventures Akure in a gestapo style operation and sealed up the business premises. No cogent reason was given for the invasion and sealing off of the premises.
“No order from the court of law or any document was presented. All occupants and those residing within the premises were chased out.
“The business premises has different sections; the bar and lounge (which they claimed is the target of their sealing off) is in a different part of the premises entirely from the other sections of the business that were affected.
“Like the medicine store, fashion school, agency banking, eatery, coffee shop, car wash, beauty school, spa and spaces let out to other concerns to carry out their business, were affected.
“There are also numerous individuals attending training programmes in order to acquire different skills under the skill acquisition and empowerment programme.
According to her, “It is note worthy that the Amotekun Corps was created to enhance the security of indigenes of Ondo State.
“They are expected to provide overall security generally and ensure specifically that the attacks of the notorious herdsmen are put in check and contained, yet the only place you find them is within Akure, the state capital, harassing, molesting and intimidating honest and all law abiding citizens going about their lawful businesses.
“This new dimension, introducing them to settle political scores against perceived political opponents, which in this case is unfounded, amounts to gross abuse of power.”
She added that, “the Ondo State Government, while not creating employment on the engagement of the teeming young people in any form of vocational training, but it actively targets our organization which has been spending its own hard earned money in the training of young entrepreneurs, capacity building, providing start up grants to more than 150 youths (over 25 of them currently in various training programmes) the programme also includes widows engaged in petty business and trading.”
“The invasion of the premises, as gathered by news men, the chairman and her family were prevented by the Amotekun Corps from returning to their residential quarters, which is within the premises of Bola Komo Ventures, they are presently squatting with friends. The other businesses and the tenants are prevented from carrying out their businesses and earning a living, the trainees of the fashion school are prevented from going ahead with their programmes.
Mrs. Olubola Adeya said she is yet to find answers to the big question: ”is the sealing off and locking out of the occupants of Bola Komo premises without any order from the court of law or written authorised notice, the lawful procedure to adopt”?
She said, “when investigating issue of likely security breach (which is the present case), is baseless as no suspect has ever been arrested for any criminal offence since our resumption of operation in 2019?”
“One would have thought the Amotekun operatives would have apprehended the suspects that they were keeping under surveillance. Threat to breach of security cannot be used as a cover up to violate the right of any citizen (being individual or corporate).
“The rule of law must be respected at all times by all agencies created by law. We remain focused in our quest to achieve our goals through constitutional means and have the draconian act of abuse of power and oppression legally redressed.
“To the victims affected by these illegal operations particularly those leasing space for carrying out their businesses within the complex, we regret the inconveniences caused by the rash action of the Amotekun Corps, we urge them to be patient as justice will be done at the end of the day”.