Akeredolu urges Ondo Police Command to fortify custodial centres against jailbreaks

Akeredolu urges Ondo Police Command to fortify custodial centres against jailbreaks

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has charged the police command in the state to deploy strategies to wade off potential attacks in the state.

The Governor made this statement on Wednesday, in the wake of the jailbreak at the Correctional Centres in Oyo State.

While stressing that it is imperative for the police to take adequate measures to secure Correctional Centres across the state; Akeredolu maintained that the coordinated attacks speak volumes.

According to the governor in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the situation became compelling in view of what he described as a disturbing trend of constant attacks on “Correctional Homes in some States that border Ondo State.”

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He said that with states such as Kogi and Ekiti as well as Oyo suffering similar ordeal; the attacker had been operating with the same motive of setting free crime suspects, particularly those with gang identities.

Akeredolu added that correctional centres in the state had a high number of suspects standing trial; in cases of the alleged murder; kidnapping; rape; and destruction of farmlands; hence the need for urgent safety measures.

The governor maintained that among the high-profile suspects in the facilities; were those standing trial in the murder of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of elder statesman, Pa Ruben Fasonranti.

“While the Southwest Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun has demonstrated considerable capacity in tackling insecurity, it is pertinent that the Nigeria Police authority, especially the State Command, deploys more men to secure Correctional Homes in the State.

“All residents are equally enjoined to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around their respective environments.”

Meanwhile, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it will establish six standard rehabilitation centres; in each geo-political zone of Nigeria starting from 2022.

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd) disclosed this at the 5th Biennial National Symposium on Drugs and Drug Policy in Nigeria, held on Wednesday, October 27, in Abuja.

The theme of the symposium organised by the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) is: “Substance Use, Addictive Behaviours and COVID-19.



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