By Jamiu Ganiyu
Two frontline politicians from the Ijeshaland axis of Osun State have charged the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the State to take swift action towards the safe rescue of an Ibokun traditional chief, Pa Amusat Dunsin, who was reportedly kidnapped on Monday along Ilare/Esa-Odo road of Obokun local government area of Osun State.
This was made known in separate press statements by the politicians, a copy which was made available to osun.life.
Alarmed by the upsurge of kidnapping, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives election for Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency, Dr. Olasiji Olamiju challenged the Police to curb the renewed spate of criminal activities in the state, especially kidnapping.
In his words, Olamiju said “there is no doubt that the State of Osun is known to be a peaceful and crime free state. But kidnapping has become a national issue and it is very unfortunate my Federal Constituency has become the kidnappers’ den, this is a cause for worry.
“Road users who travel through Iwaraja and Ilesa/Akure receive a lot of attacks and that has become very worrisome. It is getting scary and soon, we will not be able to travel without seeking some form of help from the security agencies and I know that there is not enough manpower to be able to provide protection for all travellers”, Olamiju observed.
He continued: “Between Sunday and Monday, two FRSC marshals were kidnapped at Erin-Ijesa area of Akure/Ilesa highway and just on Monday too, a traditional chief and one other were kidnapped along ESA-Odo and Ilare road. I have talked with the Commissioner of Police and a lot is being done. But I believe that there is the need to involve our local hunters and vigilantes so as to ensure quick release of the victims and for us to be able to find solutions to this particular crime.”
In his own reaction to the sad development, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly member-elect for Obokun State Constituency, Hon. Adewumi Adeyemi described the prevalent cases of kidnapping of innocent citizens across the country as a very unfortunate development just as he said it has become an epidemic in Nigeria. In his words, Hon. Adewumi said “Chief Amusat Dunsin, like every other member of the community, does not deserve to be kidnapped”.,
He, however, called on security agencies to act swiftly to secure the release of Chief Amusat Dunsin and also urged members of Ibokun community to remain calm and provide the security agencies with all useful information.