The All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has said Governor Ayodele Fayose should be blamed for the upsurge in crimes in the state.
It said his conduct and body language created conditions for crimes to flourish. Reacting to yesterday’s attack on the prisons in Ado-Ekiti, where one prison official was killed and all inmates escaped, APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, said Fayose had deliberately created conditions for crimes to thrive.
He listed reduction in the funding of the security agencies that are responsible for keeping peace and security.
This, he said, had lowered the morale among the security agents while it has almost become impossible to service the equipment they use.
“We cried out about the dangers of not funding security agencies adequately by reducing security votes. The governor increased his personal security vote from N100million to N200 million while he slashed security votes to security agencies by 50 per cent.
“The governor has proved that he is above the law. The message he sent to criminals during the attack on the judiciary is clear. The belief among criminals is that they have a backer who will always come to their rescue.
“Fayose once said on a radio programme during the curfew period that okada riders should disobey the curfew and asked them to call him if arrested to secure their release. Since then, criminals have hidden under that kind of open support to use okadas to commit crimes.
“No wonder it was reported that the gunmen came with motorcycles and escaped with them. All criminal activities never experienced during Governor Kayode Fayemi have crept to the state. We now live in fear.
“Since Fayose assumed power, we have recorded five robbery cases, thuggery, arson, murder and kidnapping.
“During Fayemi’s administration when kidnappers from Delta State came to Ekiti State for operation, the well-equipped and highly motivated security agents in the state frustrated them and got them arrested. Since then, nothing of such happened until a crime-friendly administration came on board.”
The APC spokesman said instead for the governor to concentrate on governance and give people a sense of security, he has busied himself with propaganda and lies to deceive the people and set them against opposition politicians.