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Akeredolu Gov laments rising cases of kidnapping

Akeredolu further suggested an increase in the regularity of changing military posts in the state as a solution to the problem.

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday decried the  rising cases   of  kidnapping across the country, urging security agencies to address  this.

Akeredolu spoke in Akure when the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Maj. Gen. Chukwunedum Abraham,  paid him a courtesy call.

According to the governor,  kidnapping remains  one of the greatest problems confronting Ondo State  and other parts of the country.

“There is insecurity in Nigeria and  total breakdown of law and order. People are being kidnapped here and there, causing panic.

“It is getting alarming and I am not too sure it’s something within the powers of the police.

“ It’s totally out of their hands and if we don’t get the military to assist, then we will all be at the mercy of kidnappers.

“This is an opportunity to re-emphasise this key issue as an area of concern to us all, an area we believe you have to deploy more men to give us security in the state,” he said.

Akeredolu further suggested an increase in the regularity of changing military posts in the state as a solution to the problem.

“ We cannot just allow these hoodlums to operate at will. We want more effective military roadblocks,” he said.

Responding, the GOC commended Akeredolu for the  assistance to the army in the state.

“We are here for the Warrant Officer and Sergeant competition.

“ We chose 32 Brigade, Akure, as host, to use the opportunity to visit the governor personally and appreciate him for his show of love to us,” he said

He said the competition was to train the warrant officers and sergeants on weapon handling, map reading, physical fitness and also to create an atmosphere for  espirit-de-corps among officers in the division.

Abraham said the GOC  of  2 Division,  comprising  Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Kwara and Edo, was saddled with the responsibility of  protecting  Nigerians.

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