Coalition of Ekiti Youth, Students Condemns Killing of Traditional Rulers, Kidnap of School children
…Solidarises with Oyebanji, mourns departed monarchs
Youth Organisations and Student bodies in Ekiti State have condemned the gruesome murder of two traditional rulers and abduction of school children in the state by gunmen, describing the incident as horrendous and bestial.
The Coalition of youth and students, who solidarised with Governor Biodun Oyebanji and sympathised with the victims’ families, said security operatives must contrive means to nab the perpetrators of the horrendous crime and bring them to justice.
At a think-tank meeting with the Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Gold Adesola Adedayo, in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday, they expressed their sympathies with the affected communities, Council of Traditional Rulers and Ekiti state at large on the unfortunate incident, involving the slain royal fathers and the abducted school children.
The coalition condemned in totality, the gruesome murder of Olumojo of Imojo Ekiti, Oba Olatunde Olusola and Elesun of Esun Ekiti, Oba David Babatunde Ogunsakin, describing the incident as painful, regrettable and disheartening.
The coalition viewed the daylight abduction of six primary school students and their teachers in Emure Ekiti as rascally and brazen display of wickedness against the victims.
Determined to curb criminalities in Ekiti, they noted that Mr. Governor recently donated two armoured vehicle personnel carriers, ten operational vehicles and other security equipment in a bid to boost the security architecture of the state.
“We are in absolute solidarity with Mr. Governor as we call on all the youths in the state to remain calm and give the appropriate authority the necessary support required to fish out the culprits. The youth leaders also urge the Youths in the state to inculcate the habit of ‘see something, say something’ in a collaborative effort with the government to ensure there is no repeat of this occurrence wrestling with the peace of our dear state.
“We also condemn the abduction of pupils of Apostolic Faith Nursery and Primary School, Emure Ekiti. In the same vein, we commend the swift response of the governor to the matter.
“We charge the Nigeria Police Force, The Nigerian Army, Amotekun and all other security agencies to synergise and rescue the kidnapped children and restore peace and stability to the state”.
Those who signed the statement were: Amb. James Oluwasegun Bankole, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Hon. Famuyibo Oluwasegun, NYCN, Aare Adedara Temitope Moses, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), Ogbeni Olumide Fasuba, Ekiti Youth Arise, Rt. Hon. Tunde Olusanya, Ekiti Youth Parliament, Com. Owolewa Taiwo , National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS), Com. Asaolu Femi, Joint Negotiating Council(JCCC), Com. Abel Adewale, Federation of Ekiti State Students ‘ Union(FESSU) and Hon. Kolawole Ogundahuns, Renewed Team Ekiti.