Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has officially commented on the ranging crisis over the missing one-year boy and the crisis caused by the incident at Sotitobire Miracle centre in Akure on Wednesday.
He said that all stakeholders must come together to get to the root of the incident.
Hundreds of youths had on Wednesday set the church on fire over unconfirmed report that the corpse of a year old baby who was declared missing in the church was exhumed.
The Governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye signed by Segun Ajiboye, appealed for calm on the unfortunate disappearance of the one-year old child, Gold Kolawole and the attendant crisis which occurred on Wednesday December 18, 2019 at the church where one policeman and one civilian were shot dead.
The statement reads, “Mr. Governor observed and personally noted the concern of the general public since the incident last month. This is even as pressures sufficed for Government to publicly make statements in respect of the missing child.
“The loss of the child in a Church, no doubt, remains heart-aching and represents a sad commentary. “However, it is pertinent to state that the enormity of the incident could not have permitted a hasty rush to make public statements, especially when investigations had already commenced and daily briefs by the Commissioner of Police were received by the Governor.
“It is perhaps, instructive to disclose that Mr. Governor was being briefed in respect of the incident by other relevant security agencies, including the DSS until the unfortunate action of yesterday which culminated in needless deaths and destruction of property”
He noted that an incident as troubling as the loss of a child requires a thorough investigation with the cooperation of all and sundry, including Government.
The governor added it will be preposterous for people to take laws into their hands and jeopardize a deep probe that could unravel the mystery.
Akeredolu enjoined the general public, especially those directly or indirectly affected, to be calm and cooperate with security agencies as they have heightened efforts to get to the root of the matter.