The All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo State Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro said the party is solidly standing with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on his decision to ban all unauthorized persons from the state’s forest.
Otaloro in an interview on Friday, said the governor’s decision was the result of serious and troubling cases of kidnappings and killings in the state.
According to him, “Not too long ago, a first-class traditional ruler was killed. You know these people just came in from nowhere and started shooting.
It has been something that the state doesn’t have to condole any longer. So the governor was right in that decision.”
The APC, Ondo State Director of Media and Publicity explained that the order was not targeted at anybody or group of people in particular.
He noted that those been directed to leave the state forest were unauthorized people in the forest.
“And in the case of the herders, what that decision or order says is that there are some registered the state. So we intend to control, who and who are in the various state’s forest.
“By this decision, we have been able to apprehend those, who are unauthorized to be in the forest.” Otaloro believed the quick response of the presidential spokesperson was uncalled for.
“Because when these cases of kidnappings and killings became very pronounced in the state, nobody from the presidency came to the state’s rescue.
“And if the state government is now taking a decision that will safeguard the lives and properties of our people, we think it’s the right decision.
“So as a political party, we are backing the governor on this. We are watching him, we are with him and we believe it’s a decision that will totally eradicate these terrible wanton killing from the state.
“These killings are just too much and the state can no longer allow to continue. That’s the more reason this government is taking this drastic decision, which we believe is a measure to guide against further unnecessary killings in the state.”