Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo State, has urged the chairmen of the state’s 18 local government councils to form community security guards, often known as vigilantes, in their council areas.
The governor claims that the action will strengthen security at the local level.
The governor also announced that the Ondo State Security Network Agency, better known as Amotekun Corps, will assist in the training of vigilantes in order to provide adequate security in their area.
Following the gunmen’s attack on St Francis Catholic Church in Owo on Sunday, Akeredolu made the statements while welcoming the state’s Chairmen of Councils on a condolence visit to the governor’s office in Alagbaka, Akure.
He underlined the need for each local government to have its own vigilante to assist the Amotekun Corps and other state security agencies.
Regardless of the challenges, Akeredolu stated that his administration will continue to strive for justice and equity.
He described the Owo attack as a horrible occurrence devoid of dignity and a major assault on humanity.
“It’s impossible to comprehend what those dumb terrorists committed in that cathedral.” You won’t be able to imagine it until you’re able to get there! To make matters worse, you cannot help but cry if you have the opportunity to visit the hospital facilities where a couple of victims are being treated.
“I’m still baffled as to why the attack happened. Is it possible that they are antichrists? I’m not sure why they walked into the church to murder people. Is it true that they are anti-Catholic? Are they anti-Owo because they came to Owo? “I don’t know what to make of it,” Governor Akeredolu remarked.
Mr. Augustine Oloruntogbe, Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, offered his sympathies to the Governor and the people of the state, particularly the people of Owo and the dead, on behalf of his colleagues.
He applauded the Governor’s efforts in all areas of government, particularly in the security sub-sector, for restoring the state’s tranquillity after the tragic event.
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