The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has blamed Governor Ayodele Fayose for the upsurge in criminal activities in the state, saying his conduct and body language created conditions for crimes to flourish.
Reacting to the early morning gunmen attack on the prisons in Ado-Ekiti, on Monday, 1st December, 2014 where one prison official was killed and all inmates escaped, APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatubosun, said Fayose had deliberately created conditions for crimes to thrive.
He listed reduction in the funding of the security services which 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 used by security agents to fight crimes.
”We cried out about the danger of not funding security services adequately by reducing security votes to the police, Army, DSS and Civil Defence Corps. The governor increased his personal security vote from N100 million to N200 million while he slashed security votes to security agencies by 50 per cent,” Olatubosun said, adding that the governor’s body language encouraged crimes to thrive.
His words: “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. The governor once said on a radio programme during the curfew period that okada riders should disobey the curfew order and asked them to call him if arrested to secure their immediate release. Since then, criminals have hidden under that of open support to use okada to commit crimes.
“No wonder it was reported that the gunmen who attacked the prison 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 cases of armed robbery, thuggery, arson, murder and kidnapping. Just last weekend, six people, including four nurses, were kidnapped in Orin-Ekiti while one SUBEB official was also kidnapped.
“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 arrested them. 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 the opposition politicians.