By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, in ensuring peaceful conduct of youths in the state, even when provoked, the Special Assistant to the governor on Youth and Sports, Comrade Olamide Lawal, on Wednesday paid a solidarity visit to the aggrieved youths in Ayetoro, Yewa North local government area of the state.
The youths who made several burn fires on the road, in reaction to the unjustly killing of one of them by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service early this week, were happy to receive the representative of government who pacified them.
According to Lawal, ‘We’re humans, and every reasonable person should have and display the sense of empathy and sympathy, when innocent lives are taken unjustly.
“Prior to my visit today, I had discussed with the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, AIG Olushola Subair rtd, about this incident and ways of preventing such future occurrences”
The Governor’s aide confirmed that the matter was a murder case according to the briefing he got from the Divisional Police Officer of Ayetoro Police Station.
“I have been to the DPO, Mr Jimoh, this morning also, and he took me to the scene of the event and explained clearly everything about the incident”.
“The DPO affirmed to me that It was a case of murder, as the young man, who was killed was not a smuggler,” Lawal explained.
During the visit, the Special Assistant observed that four other people sustained gunshot injuries, while two others were mercilessly beaten within the town, during the unholy attack.
He posited that “All the youths affected, were on their legitimate businesses before the incident occurred.”
In a bid to ensure that the injured people get necessary medical attention, the Governor’s aide mobilized three of them to general hospital and paid their bills.
A woman who was said to have treated herself had her money refunded by the S.A.
Comrade Lawal later paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased, and empathized with them. “In fact, seeing the pregnant wife of the deceased, brought tears to the eyes”
“I therefore implore the youth to desist from any form of destruction, no matter what, because the government properties belong to the people,” Lawal advised.