By Osagie Otabor, Akure
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Friday gave all residents of the state in possession of illegal arms and ammunition a seven-day ultimatum to surrender them.
Akeredolu said all such arms and ammunition should be turned in to the Commandant of the South West Security Network, otherwise known as AMOTEKUN.
Speaking through his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, Governor Akeredolu urged all those in the category of illegal arms and ammunition bearers to take advantage of the window of grace.
He said that security agencies would take necessary steps against defiance after the seven days period.
According to him, “those who find it difficult to physically present such arms and ammunition for obvious reasons are advised and, indeed, encouraged to call 08079999989 for further advice and instructions on appropriate steps to be taken.”
Governor Akeredolu, who also expressed concern over low level of policing in the state, advised the police authorities to take up their responsibilities as an institution as well as take charge of the public space for the good of all.
“The general observation across the state shows a very low level of policing which is risky to society. Of note, policing is key and can only thrive on a note of mutual trust and respect.
“We can all only strive for a better society and brace up to take maximum advantage of lessons learnt from the unfortunate incidents of the last two weeks.
“Saddening as the events appear, there is no doubt that a fresh orientation, perception of self- appraisal as well as an encouraging mood of sober reflection pervades the nation.”