Truly, people are presently living in palpable fear over the activities of kidnappers, murderers, fraudsters, cultists and unknown gunmen in Ondo State.
Even with the efforts of men of the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed ‘Amotekun’ and other sister security agencies, nobody seems safe.
These are certainly not the best of times for residents of Ondo State in general, because tragedies are running riot in the Sunshine State making life miserable for the residents.
Day after day, people are wasted in the hands of killer herdsmen and unknown gunmen, who are being treated like heroes by our leaders. Children have become orphans, husbands become widowers and wives turned to widows. The once in a time safe state has become a shadow of death.
One can’t travel from Akure to Owo without fear attack any longer.
The Killing of Septuagenarian Church sweeper
On Sunday, a septuagenarian identified as Mrs Ọmọde at Iwaro Oka, in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of the state was killed by unknown person.
It gathered that the victim was on her way to sweep a Deeper Life Bible Church in the community before she was killed by the yet-to-be identified persons in the early hours of Sunday.
When contacted, the Police image maker in the state, DSP Funmilayo Odunlami confirmed the development, explaining that, “the woman was found in front of the church, there was a cut on her neck and can be described as a murder case but there is no much details to really substantiate the incident.
“The victim is a septuagenarian. Nothing was removed from her body but there was a cut on her neck”.
The Murder of Two Lovers with Pregnant Friend
This is coming few days after three persons including two lovers, identified as Ojo Akinro, Mary lgwe and their friend Lamidi Sheriff were found in the toilet dead in their apartment in Aratusi quaters, in Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
The three people were said to have been murdered by suspected yahoo boys who after killing them locked the door and left the back door opened, leaving their bodies to decompose.
Mary, a nurse who was staying with his girlfriend was pregnant before she was murdered in cold blood.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Funmi Odunlami also confirmed the death of the three persons including the two lovers.
Odunlami said that their bodies were dumped in the toilet by their killers.
According to her, ”This is a case of murder and police detectives have commenced investigation.
The Kidnap of Eze Ndigbo of Ifon
Chief Donatus Okereke, the Eze Ndigbo of Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State was kidnapped on Monday, 22nd November, 2021.
The popular Businessman in Ifon, was whisked into the thick forest along Elegbeka by heavily armed kidnappers at around 8am but was released on Thursday night around 11pm after payment of ransom.
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The Eze Ndigbo’s incident came a year after the murder of the Monarch of the community, Oba Adegoke Adeusi, late November, 2020, after he was kidnapped and killed by armed killers on the highway right within his domain at Elegbeka village, a few kilometers from Ifon.
The Abduction of a Three Year-Old Girl in Akure
Also last week, unknown gunmen abducted a three year-old girl who was inside her mother’s car with another sibling coming from a church Programme at Onward area, in Akure the Ondo State capital.
The Kidnap of Principal, Vice, Three Others
Same last week, the Principal of Auga Community Grammar school, Auga, Joshua Adeyemi his vice, Ifedayo Yesufu and three NPower Teachers were kidnapped.
They were abducted on Thursday afternoon while travelling in a toyota car along Auga-Ise Road in Akoko East Local Government Area.
Their abduction threw the people of Akoko into panic and four of them are still in Captivity.
The Arrest of a Fulani Man for Kidnapping Fulani Men
The narrative took a different dimension when operatives of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, arrested Sidi Amodu, for kidnapping his Fulani kinsmen identified as Musa Ibrahim and Amidu Ibrahim.
The victims were abducted by Sidu and his gang in Supare Akoko, in the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state.
The Commander of the corps in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, explained that “they were tied to a tree”, adding that the hoodlums were about to slaughter them when his men arrived at the scene.
kidnap of Three Butchers at Ajabusi
On the 16th of November, gunmen suspected to be herdsmen abducted three persons and injured one person at a village at Ajabusi community after Ala town in Akure North Local Government.
The four butchers had received a call from a one of the suspected kidnappers to come and buy cows, on getting to the community, the suspected kidnappers besieged them, shooting sporadically and kidnapped three of them.
The Woman killed Three Years After her Daughter was Murdered
Three years after her daughter, Seun Ajila was also killed gruesomely, a woman identified as Yemi Ajayi was on the 9th of November stabbed to death by unknown persons.
Mrs. Ajayi, it was learnt was killed at her residence of the deceased at Abusoro area of Akure, Ondo State capital.
Up till now, security agencies have not been able to fish out her killer.
Akoko land has borders with three states of Ekiti, Kogi and Edo states and apparently, by the time the criminals come from those states, they would come into Akoko without notice, strike and move back to their base and security agencies seem not to have power to pursue them to their states.
Therefore, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu must not relent in taking proactive measures to address the various issues of criminality in the state, while Ondo and its neighbouring states; Edo, Ekiti and Kogi must work together in curbing insecurity in their troubled border towns.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria must take these issues seriously and ensure that the state moves away from this seemingly perpetual cycle of criminality.
No one sees tomorrow any longer, and the killings perpetrated by this killers and unknown gunmen are spreading and graduating unabated. They are kidnapping, killing with impunity, and seemingly immunity. This must stop.