“We Have Intelligence Reports That More Attacks Are Being Planned And Targeted At Government Officials” – Osun Govt.
Osun state government has warned those fomenting political trouble in the state to stop or be prepared to face the wrath of law.
This is contained in a statement released to newsmen by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode after the state weekly Executive Council Meeting
It would be recalled that the state recently recorded assassinations of chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and several violent attacks on party members and government officials, including the wife of the governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola.
While calling for calm among peace loving people of the state, including functionaries of government and members of the APC, the state government said it was aware of plans by the opposition to further unleash terror on government officials and members of the APC .
According to the statement, the government expresses worry over recent killings in the state which had made.many residents to be living in fear.
“The government is very worried about the spate of politically-motivated assassinations in Osun, a state that has enjoyed peace and tranquility in the last four years and has earned its rating as the nation’s safest place.
“Sadly, innocent and peace-loving people are beginning to live in fear since the announcement of the results of the governorship election, because of a revival of the violent culture that the Peoples Democratic Party is known for.
“Specifically, government officials and members of the ruling All Progressives Congress have been targeted in all of these attacks. More shocking was the ambush and violent attack launched on the First Lady in Owode-Ede, the hometown of Mr Ademola Adeleke, which left people on her convoy injured. Indeed, there is nothing to prove that the attack was not targeted at Governor Adegboyega Oyetola himself.
“We have intelligence reports that more of such attacks are being planned and targeted at government officials and chieftains of the ruling party in order to further heat up the polity of the State and, by extension, disrupt the peace of the State.
The government calls on both local and national security agencies to ensure the safety of Osun citizens especially government officials.
“The government in the saddle is a responsible and peaceful one, and has since not fought back because it doesn’t believe in heating up the polity of the State. It has simply minded its business and continued to deliver on its promises to citizens, which it is constitutionally bound to do till November 27.
“The government is also calling for calm among its functionaries and party chieftains that are being harassed. Please, do not succumb to the provocations of those whose main interest is to thrash the gains Osun has recorded in terms of peace and tranquility.
“Those whose desire is to shed blood of the innocent, peace-loving Osun people should not forget that those who live by the sword will be felled by the same weapon.
“Finally, Government wishes to reaffirm that no one should test its resolve to deploy the full powers of the law to make the state safe for all including members of the opposition themselves. A word should be enough for the wise.” Osun government said.