The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has defended the decision of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to ban all unauthorized persons from the state’s forest.
The party in a statement issued by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said the APC is solidly behind the Governor’s action.
Mr. Otaloro said the governor’s decision was the result of serious and troubling cases of kidnappings and killings in the state.
The statement added, “Not too long ago, a first class traditional ruler was killed. You know this people just came in from nowhere and started shooting. It has been something that the state doesn’t have to condole any longer. So the governor was right in that decision.
“The Governor’s order was not targeted at anybody or group of people in particular. Those that have been directed to leave the state forest reserves were unauthorized people
“And in the case of the herders, what that decision or order says is that there are some registered herders that are known in the state, but if you are not registered, you don’t have any business being in the state. So we intend to control, who and who are in the various state’s forest.
“By this decision, we have been able to apprehend those, who are unauthorized to be in the forest.” Otaloro believed the quick response of the presidential spokesperson was uncalled for.
“Because when these cases of kidnappings and killings became very pronounced in the state, nobody from the presidency came to the state’s rescue.
“And if the state government is now taking a decision that will safeguard the lives and properties of our people, we think it’s the right decision.
“So as a political party, we are backing the governor on this. We are watching him, we are with him and we believe it’s a decision that will totally eradicate this terrible wanton killings from the state.
“These killings are just too much and the state can no longer allow to continue. That’s the more reason this government is taking this drastic decision, which we believe is a measure to guide against further unnecessary killings in the state.”