Owo Tragedy, Wakeup Call For South-West – Ondo NUJ

<strong>Owo Tragedy, Wakeup Call For South-West – Ondo NUJ</strong>

Funso Ojo, Akure

Members and leadership of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ondo State Council, have expressed sadness over the horrific killing at a Catholic Church in Owo on Sunday, June 5, describing the massacre as a wakeup call for the people of the South-West to rally round security agencies especially Amotekun Corps to track down culprits.

In a condolence message signed by the State Chairman of the union, Comrade Leke Adegbite and the Acting Secretary, Mrs Ngozi Aduloju, the NUJ expressed sadness with the way the killings were carried out by the criminals unchallenged, urging security agencies to beef up intelligence around some locations like schools, markets, religious centres and hospitals.

The union also demanded that the Ondo State Government and security agencies should regulate the activities of scavengers and some ‘foreign’ Okada riders who flood neighbourhoods in the state on a daily basis.

It would be recalled that Ondo NUJ had during its monthly meeting in April raised alarm on some suspected criminals disguised as scavengers and Okada riders to survey locations before they carry out their heinous acts.

The union cautioned members of the public against spreading fake news that can cause more panic or jeopardize investigations by security agencies.

It encouraged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to be deterred with the Owo massacre by continuing with his courageous leadership in empowering Amotekun Corps, particularly by recruiting more personnel, while other governors in the region should increase security to make the zone safer.

“We also call on communities and traditional rulers to come up with neighbourhood security network, vigilante/hunter groups, to complement the efforts of Amotekun Corps at this critical time.

“The federal government should increase funding of its security agencies, particularly the police. It is obvious that policemen lack logistics to confront criminals bearing sophisticated weapons. Other federal security agencies must also be funded to be on top of intelligence gathering.

“While expressing our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, Owo Community, Catholic Church, government and people of Ondo State over the traumatizng attack, Ondo NUJ appeals to youths and indeed the entire residents not to take law into their hands but to provide information that would help security agencies to hunt down criminals in their neighbourhoods.

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