There was uneasy calm yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, following reports that some members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), were planning a reprisal over last Thursday night’s killing of the union’s former chairman in the state, Chief Omolafe Aderiye.
Also, factions within the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), went on a free-for-all at Ajilosun area of the state capital over the harassment of their immediate past state chairman, Mr. Rotimi Olanbiwonnu, whose property was burnt in the aftermath of Aderiye’s murder.
Many residents stayed indoors for fear of the unknown while Churches witnessed low attendance.
Policemen stationed in strategic places subjected motorists to interrogation at checkpoints. Pedestrians were routinely frisked.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Taiwo Lakanu, said he got report that some hoodlums were planning more attacks.
He warned those who he described as having no legitimate business in Ekiti to “stay clear or face the full weight of the law”.
A statement signed by police spokesman Victor Babayemi, said: “The police have placed their men on red alert to prevent these bandits from carrying out their nefarious activities anywhere in the state.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Taiwo Lakanu, has ordered the deployment of adequate manpower to embark on extensive vehicle and foot patrols on nooks and crannies of the state. He has directed that policemen should henceforth embark on thorough searching of vehicles and pedestrians so as to forestall importation of dangerous weapons.
“In view of the current happenings in the state, the Commissioner of Police wishes to warn that any person or group of persons that have no lawful business in the state should stay clear. He warned that the full weight of the law will be visited on any individual or group fomenting, inciting, aiding or abetting the commission of crime in any part of the state”.