In Ekiti, community to rebuild burnt police stations

NEWS DIGEST – The people of Ikere-Ekiti, the headquarter of Ikere Local Government Area of Ekiti State has resolved to rebuild and equip the burnt police station in the town.

The resolution was reached after series of extensive meetings attended by the people of the town, including community leaders, youths and market women amongst others.

The arsonists had burnt down the police stations and operational vehicles during the last nationwide EndSARS protests, at the end of the attacks, both the Area Command and Divisional police stations in the town were attacked.

Consequently, the Ekiti Police command withdrew its men from the community citing the burning of its three police stations, operational vehicles located in the town as reason for the action.

The police authorities also demanded that the community fish out and arrest some of the hoodlums who perpetrated the act for prosecution, as condition for the policemen to return to the town.

Rising from the meeting, the community, in a communique signed by the monarch of the town, Oba Adejimi Adu, mandated a retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG), who hails the town to speed up the building of police post which was under construction sometimes ago.

The community condemned outrightly the violence and its attendant wanton destruction of public property, vowing to cooperate with the police to arrest some of the hoodlums who burnt the police stations.

According to the communique, the youths decided to henceforth resist and combat anyone or group wishing to destroy, vandalise any public or private property in Ikere Ekiti in future.

It, however, appealed to the police to as a matter of urgency reverse its decision to withdraw policemen from the town in the best interest and wellbeing of the law abiding residents of the community.

It urged the indigenes of the community, especially the youths to eschew violence and embrace peace as no town could have any meaningful development in the midst of violence.