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Amosun warns Ado-Odo community against violence

16 April 2013, 09:01

Abeokuta - Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday warned residents of Ado-Odo in Ado-Odo/Otta Local Government Area to shun violence or risk imposition of curfew in the area.

Amosun gave the warning during a visit to the town following reports of violence in the area.

He was represented by Muyiwa Oladipo, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of youths in the town invaded and attacked the Palace of Oba Lateef Akanni, on Sunday.

The youths were protesting the alleged refusal of Akanni to visit one of his rivals to the throne who was in the hospital following an auto crash involving the monarch and the man.

The action resulted in a reprisal attack by supporters of the monarch resulting in violence in various parts of the town.

NAN reports property worth millions of naira, including the palace of the Olofin of Ado-Odo, was destroyed while several people sustained various degrees of injuries.

Amosun, however, cautioned the residents against violence to avoid the wrath of the state government.

``The people of Ado-Odo are hereby warned not to take laws into their hands because the government will not condone any act of lawlessness.

``You people must desist from acts of violence, otherwise, the government will have no option than to impose curfew on your town," he said.

He assured the people that the government would set up a committee to investigate remote and immediate causes of the crisis.

According to him, anyone found culpable will be dealt with accordingly.

Meanwhile, Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state Police Command, who confirmed the incident, said normalcy had been restored in the town.

Adejobi told NAN in a telephone interview that the state Commissioner of Police, Okoye Ikemefuna, had already visited the town and also deployed anti riot policemen to the area.



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