Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has pleaded with the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to tackle the spate of kidnapping in his state, saying the increasing crime wave is beyond the capacity of the state government.
Fayose who visited the IG at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Monday, noted that the State Police Command was also powerless to stem the crime situation in the state.
According to him, Ekiti citizens were now afraid to come out to pursue their economic activists for fear that they might be the next victims of kidnappers, whom he said had abducted two people within three weeks.
He said, “I came to see the IG over the security situation in Ekiti State, especially kidnapping which is strange to the state. Within three weeks, two people have been kidnapped and the command and state government couldn’t handle it.
“I plead with you (IG) to please stem the trend and save us from further kidnapping; it’s for us to learn from this intervention and guard against a recurrence as a state.”
Arase in his response stated that the police would not allow criminals to hijack any state, adding that every state having security issues and “social disorder will have police intervention.”
The IG promised to deploy a crack squad to Ekiti and Kogi States within 48 hours to protect the citizens from further assault from criminal gangs.
“We are carrying out a wholesale operation to restore sanity in the state; the people of Ekiti should be assured that we won’t allow violence to give them sleepless nights. In the next 48 hours, I will deploy a crack squad to protect the state,” he promised.