Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has issued a stern warning to the Ondo State police to hasten the release of the Federal High Court Judge, Ondo division, Justice Abdul Dogo, from his abductors.
Governor Akeredolu pointed out that a good relation among Ondo, Kogi and Edo police commands will help to ensure that a rescue operation of Justice Dogo is carried out swiftly.
According to sources, Justice Dogo was kidnapped on his way from Abuja to Akure on Tuesday evening. The judge's driver was also abducted by the gunmen who were suspected to be kidnappers.
Mr. Ojo Oyewamide, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Ondo State, issued a statement to newsmen in Akure.
Read the statement in full:
“The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, has received with concern the news of the abduction of Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo.
“Justice Dogo is a Judge of the Federal High Court, Akure Division, and was said to have been kidnapped at Ibilo, Edo State, while returning from Abuja.
“Notwithstanding that the unpleasant incident happened outside the territory of Ondo State, Governor Akeredolu says the kidnap of any Nigerian anywhere must elicit a pan-Nigerian reaction and empathy.
“In this particular case, Mr Governor is disturbed and deeply concerned that Dogo serves the Federal Judiciary in Ondo.
“While charging the Ondo State Police Command to synergize with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to effect the early release of Justice Dogo, Governor Akeredolu admonishes that seemingly incorrect narrative on the heels of such critical situations as kidnap are capable of disrupting the focus and attention of the appropriate intelligence architectures.
“The case of Justice Dogo who was said to have been kidnapped in Ondo rather than Ibilo in Edo State is a relevant case study that could hamper proper and adequate intelligence gathering.”
Recall, three months ago, the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, also survived an encounter with gunmen on the Ondo Expressway. The rate of kidnapping and other criminal activities happening on the roads en route Ondo State is alarming.
The governor has promised to deploy security personnel in checking points and strategic locations of the affected roads.