The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Egbe Afenifere has charged security agencies to end spate of killings in Ekiti State. The body also urged the police to do everything possible to unmask those behind the recent killings in the state. Few days ago, a member of the Federal Character Commission and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Bunmi Ojo and others were killed in different parts of the state. In a statement by the its chairman, Elder Yemi Alade and publicity secretary, Chief Bisi Alade, the group condemned what it called “seeming helplessness of the Police.” Rising from its emergency meeting in Ado-Ekiti, Afenifere expressed displeasure at perceived inaction towards bringing the terrifying situation to a stop.
It said: “It is the view of Afenifere that the killers are human beings who are supposed to be traceable. They are no spirits hence all efforts should be made by all who are supposed to do the needful.
“We seize this opportunity to commiserate with the APC on the murder of one of its shining stars, Mr Bunmi Ojo, who was until his assassination the Commissioner representing Ekiti on the Federal Character Commission and who had performed excellently well.
“It was more painful when we heard that his term had even been renewed for another five years. Ekiti Afenifere particularly extends its condolences to the wife, children, family of the deceased as well as one of APC leaders, and former governor, Chief Olusegun Oni, who had a special relationship with late Bunmi Ojo.”
In a related development, the APC members of the State House of Assembly described Ojo’s killing as a “monumental loss to Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.”
The APC legislators spoke through the minority leader, Hon Gboyega Aribisogan, during a visit to the family of the deceased in Ado Ekiti.
Aribisogan was accompanied by two APC lawmakers in the Ekiti Assembly, Hon. Sunday Akinniyi (Ikere Constituency 2) and Hon. Adeniran Alagbada (Ise/Orun Constituency).
He said that the untimely death of Ojo had robbed Ekiti people, particularly the youth of his humanitarian assistance.
The minority leader said Ojo was an inspiration to his generation and the youths.
According to him, “Ojo used his God given positions to assist his fellow men. There is no doubt that Ekiti State has lost a rare gem and an illustrious son.”
He said that the spate of killings and other form of violence in the state have become worrisome adding that everything must be done to stem the drift to anarchy.
“We call on all the security agencies in the state to leave no stone unturned in order to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous crime,” he added.