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ONI HAILS PETINRIN’S APPOINTMENT AS CDS, CHARGES NEW IGP ON ARRESTED KIDNAPPER

By Lere Olayinka

Ekiti State Governor, Engr. Segun Oni has hailed the appointment of Air Marshall Oluseyi Olusegun Petinrin as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), describing the new CDS as a “round peg in a round hole.”

The governor also urged the Acting Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim to show more commitment on cases of arrested kidnappers, especially those arrested in connection with the kidnap and death of a first class monarch in the state, the Attah of Aiyede, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi, Provost of the College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti, Dr.

Gabriel Popoola and others.
Governor Oni, reacting to Air Marshall Petinrin's appointment through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre said the Armed Forces of Nigeria in particular and the country as a whole would benefit immensely from Petinrin's professionalism and commitment to duty.

The Governor, who described Petinrin as a professional soldier, who is committed to the unity and progress of Nigeria, noted that he had no doubt in his mind that he (Petinrin) will bring his wealth of experience to bear on the Armed Forces.

While expressing concern on the way and manner the police has handled the case of Charles Ojo Ovie and others, who were arrested since January, this year over the kidnap and death of Oba Orisagbemi, Dr.

Popoola and others, Governor Oni said; “The new IGP must demonstrate his commitment to stamp out crimes in this country by first making sure that those that have been arrested are promptly prosecuted.

“In this country, we have seen people, who were arrested for committing lesser crimes being paraded before the public. But here are Charles and his gang, who we learnt had confessed to their roles in the spate of criminal activities in Ekiti State, especially the killing of Kehinde Fasubaa, attempted kidnap of a High Court Judge, Justice Daramola, killing of three officers of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), kidnap and eventual death of the Attah of Aiyede, Oba Adeleye Orisagbemi, Provost of the College of Education, Ikere, Dr.

Gabriel Olowoyo and others being treated with levity.

“Up till today, police has not said anything as to its findings on the arrested kidnappers and we are worried that crime will continue to be seen as right if people, who commit crimes, are not seen to be paying for their crimes.

“It is therefore on this note that Ekiti people are calling on the new IGP to make public the police preliminary report on the arrested kidnappers so as to disabuse the minds of the people, who are already insinuating that the police was collaborating with some politicians to protect the kidnappers and their sponsors.

“On the issue of crimes, especially kidnapping and armed robbery, Nigerians are tired of rhetoric. They conceited and sincere efforts aimed at ridding the country of criminals and the new IGP must bear this in mind as he resumes office.”