Insecurity: Ekiti NUJ Charges Police To Vet Activities of Commercial Motorcyclists

By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti State Council has changed government at all levels and security agencies to, as matter of urgency, beam their searchlights on the activities of the commercial motorcyclists (better known as Okada riders) in the wake of the worsening security situation in the country.

The union also admonished the Police and its sister agencies to be proactive and scale up their intelligence gathering mechanisms inorder to ward off the imminent incursion of bandits and terrorists into the State.

The NUJ, in a communique issued at the end of July edition of its monthly Congress and made available to TheDispatch Newspaper in Ado-Ekiti commended the Ekiti State Police Command under the leadership of CP Morenikeji Adesina for its recent breakthroughs in the fight against kidnappings and banditry with the arrest of two kingpins, Alhaji Abashe Adamu Idris and Ibrahim Mumini.

The statement signed by the chairman and the secretary of the union, Comrade Rotimi Ojomoyela and Kayode Babatuyi respectively urged government to activate its sensitisation on adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

NUJ admonished governor Fayemi to keep to his promise to Ekiti residents by working hard to complete all ongoing projects.

”Residents of Ekiti State should get their jabs and adhere strictly with Covid-19 protocols considering the new positive cases recorded in the state.”

”The security agencies in Ekiti State should be at red alert and improve their intelligence gathering so as to fish out criminal elements within their ranks.”

”The union commended the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, CP Morenikeji Adesina for the various breakthroughs recorded in the fight against crimes particularly the arrest of two kidnap kingpins, Alhaji Abashe Adamu Idris and Ibrahim Mumini Toyin but urged him not to rest on its oasis” the statement reads in part.”

“While commending Governor Kayode Fayemi for payment of salary as and when due, the house called for payment of outstanding deductions, salaries and other benefits of workers and pensioners.

”The activities of commercial motorcyclists should be looked into and streamlined so as to fish out criminals operating under the guise of been an operator.

“The ministry of Environment and authorities of the Ekiti State Waste Management Board should ensure regular evacuation of refuse deposited at various locations within the state while residents should desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse.” It stated.

The union, however called on the Governor-elect, Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji (BAO) to prepare to hit the ground running by pluging “the low hanging fruits that would make his government record better success as soon as he takes oath of office.”

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