Kwara : PDP, APC exchange words over Onijala’s Killing

The Kwara People’s Democratic party (PDP) has condemned the gruesome killing of Mr Adegboyega Onijala in Isin local government area of the State by some daredevil kidnappers, asking Gov abdulrazaq to wake up to his responsibility of securing lives.

The Party in a statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu said that Despite reported cases of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the State, the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has not demonstrated any commitment to deal with insecurity challenges.

According to the Statement, It noted that “the spate of kidnap for ransom and ritual killings in Kwara State in recent time, is worrisome and quite unfortunate. Criminal elements including kidnappers and ritual killers now operate freely in different parts of the State, destroying lives and throwing families into a state of sadness. This ugly trend is absolutely unacceptable and portrays our dear State in a bad light.

“What is more worrisome is that the State government that is saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property appears to be helpless in securing the lives of Kwarans who live in perpetual fear of attacks and kidnappings.

“Despite reported cases of kidnappings and killings in different parts of the State, the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has not demonstrated any commitment to deal with the situation. This shows how insensitive the Governor is to the plight of the people.

“Our party calls on the Governor, who is the Chief Security Officer of the State, to wake up to his responsibilities and save our people from this security nightmare.  Kwarans cannot continue to live in fear in their own land. Things must change for the better ” The statement reads.

Reacting, Spokesperson for the Kwara APC, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro Folaranmi in a Statement Released commesirated with the Onijala family of Isin local government on the death of Mr. Adegboyega Onijala, condemning the roughnecks behind his abduction and saying they will be caught and made to face the full weight of the law for their crimes.

According to the statement, On the incidents of kidnappings and killings in KwaraState, the APC described as unfortunate the tenor of the opposition PDP that seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these atrocities.

” Addressing this scourge, requires a great show of empathy and coming together as a society to squarely confront these elements and the danger it poses to our democracy and peaceful life in the country.

” We call on the public to ignore mouthing platitudes of these politicians who consider little, if anything of national interest, by igniting combustible materials through their myopic conducts.

“Our party reassures the public that the administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq continues to work with relevant security agencies, traditional institutions, local vigilante groups and community stakeholders to keep Kwara people safe. Such inclusive efforts have been applauded by various security agencies, including the Inspector General of Police, who recently commended Kwara as the safest state in the midst of the national security challenges.

“Apart from constantly supporting the security agencies with logistics and other motivations, the Governor has continued to leverage on the goodwill of the traditional institutions and local vigilante groups to support the mainstream security architecture. It is therefore irresponsible for partisans like the PDP to want to hide under such unfortunate incident of Mr. Onijala’s death to heat up the polity,” the statement said.

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