- Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has sent a warning message to monarchs amid violent clashes among youths
- Akeredolu maintained that monarchs must get permission from the state government before allowing any group to settle in its town
- The governor in a statewide broadcast on Thursday, May 6, vowed to sanction any traditional ruler that doesn't comply
A report by The Punch indicates that traditional rulers in Ondo state have been warned against allowing cultists in their various domains.
According to the report, the warning was given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu following the violent clashes among youths of Ikare Akoko town in Akoko North-East local government and the headquarters of the Owo LGA which reportedly left about 10 people dead.
Akeredolu in a state-wide broadcast on Thursday, May 6, vowed to sanction any monarch who does not contain cult clashes in the town, Premium Times reports.
Speaking further, the governor explained that the state government would not think twice about imposing a 24-hour curfew on any community where crises occur.
He went on to note that all traditional rulers in the state must get permission from the government before allowing any group to settle in their domains.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers abducted three construction workers in Akoko northwest local government area of Ondo state.
The construction workers were said to be among those rehabilitating Ikaram to Akunnu road in the area. The tragic incident occurred at about 6 pm on Tuesday, April 20, creating serious tension and anxiety in Ikaram and Akunnu axis.
It was gathered that local hunters, vigilantes, and police were combing the forest around the axis in search of the victims.
Confirming the incident, the acting police area commander for Ikare Akoko, chief superintendent of police Timibra Toikimo, called on the people of Akoko to assist the police by sharing information and intelligence that can lead to the arrest of the criminals.