Akeredolu allays fears over Owo shooting
By Friday Omosola, Akure
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said the Wednesday shooting at the yard of the Craneburg Construction Company in Owo Local Government Area of the state was aimed at destroying the company’s equipment not to injure or kill anyone. Governor Akeredolu, who disclosed this during his visit to the construction site, urged people of the area not to panic.
“I want to allay the fear of our people. What happened here on Wednesday night was not an attempt to kidnap anybody because they went away with nobody. And we have over a hundred people living there.
“Yes, there were sporadic gunshots at the wall but they never went inside to kill anybody. Everybody should know. They didn’t go inside there to kill anybody. The only two people who had some gunshots were security men who they saw outside the premises.
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“So, it is clear to us that they intended to attack one or two pieces of equipment here, which they did. Their explosives affected the tyres and the windscreen of another vehicle.”
He stated that the intentions of the unknown gunmen are yet to be ascertained, noting that people should not panic or create unnecessary fear in their minds. He reassured the contractors that Owo was a safe place without any armed people, assuring that its administration would support them with armed people here to protect all their equipment and vehicles.
“They have been here for over five years. They had the Ore bridge, they had other roads. So, they are doing so many things for us and they are doing well and we are ready to give them necessary protection.”
The governor reassured the people of his administration’s commitment to the protection of lives and property, stressing that the shooting was not anything near the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in the town.
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