Rights activist and legal practitioner, Morakinyo Ogele, has accused the police in Ekiti State of contributing to the rising wave of kidnapping of prominent citizens of the state through its inaction and silence.
Mr. Ogele, in a statement in Akure on Monday, said the police continued silence and inaction remained a mystery that portends further aggravation of the security situation in the state.
“Why the Police are remaining silent in this type of situation is unknown, when prominent Ekiti indigenes are kidnapped and carried to unknown places and it is shrouded in secrecy.
“It was learnt that some of these criminals are within and are feeding fat within the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex,” Mr. Ogele complained.
According to him, the Police in the state has not being doing enough to protect the lives of Ekiti people, stressing that no one has been arrested in connection with the crime.
“Ekiti State Police Command should tell the world why they have not arrested any of these kidnappers or prevented them from kidnapping innocent citizens.
“The rate at which kidnappers are operating in Ekiti State with impunity without police intervention is embarrassing.
“It is surprising that the activities of these criminal-minded persons are flourishing on a daily basis,” he said.
The lawyer called on the people of Ekiti state to rise up against the impunity being perpetrated by the Police, and called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to change all the officers in the state.
“We have been taken back to a state of nature or banana republic. I am calling on the people of Ekiti State to rise up and get rid of these criminals in Ekiti state presently and to be security conscious.
“Those in authority should not forget that when you intimidate people beyond reasonable point, then they are calling for serious revolution which will be hatched from cellar,” he added.