Written by: Sam Nwaoko- Ado Ekiti
The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has waded into the seemingly intractable cases of kidnapping for ransom in Ekiti State, by announcing the immediate deployment of special force in the state.
Arase played host to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, who had, after writing a letter requesting for special intervention in the kidnappings in the state, followed it up with a visit to the police headquarters, on Monday.
Arase, had assured the people of Ekiti of a rapid response to the spate of kidnapping in the state, even as he promised to deploy a special team to Ekiti and Kogi states within the next 48 hours to curb the trend.
The IGP, who noted that the police would do everything within its powers to ensure that all states of the federation were rid of people with criminal tendencies, assured Governor Fayose that Ekiti State would soon become safe for economic activities.
Earlier, the governor, who congratulated the IG on his elevation he described as “well deserved”, noted that he was at the Police Headquarters to intimate the IG on the state of security in Ekiti.
“The dimension of kidnapping in the state was strange,” noting that about eight people have been kidnapped in the last three weeks,” he said.
He, therefore, appealed to the IG to deploy experts, especially from the headquarters to the state, to nip the menace in the bud, saying, “people are becoming agitated and the government is very much concerned.”
The governor told newsmen after the meeting with the IGP, that he was ready “to continue to create an enabling environment for the police to thrive in checking crimes in the state.”
“All hands must be on deck irrespective of party affiliation, to ensure a peaceful Ekiti where all and sundry could sleep with their two eyes closed,” he said.