By Christiana Ekpa
House of Representatives onThursday mandated the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to investigate the murder of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Isreal Adegoke Adeusi in Ose local government of Ondo State by yet to unveiled gunmen.
The House also asked the IGP to order the Commissioner of Police in charge of the State to deploy more police personnel to Ose Local Government and other areas in the State lacking police presence.
It also mandated the House Committee on Works to investigate and ensure the completion of the abandoned Okeluse/Edo Bridge; the road linking Aiyegunle and Imeri Road; and the rehabilitation of Ipele lfon Road to help clear criminal hideouts.
The resolutions are sequel to the consideration and doption of a motion of urgent public importance, calling on the House to urgently investigate the murder of monarch sponsored by Hon. Oluwatimehin Adelegbe.
Adelegbe in the motion submitted that around 4:00 pm on November 26, 2020, Oba Adeusi was murdered in broad daylight by unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers.
He said the Monarch was returning to his palace in Ifon from Akure in his customized number plate when he was accosted at a bad portion of Elegbeka Road where vehicles were compelled to slow down between lpele and Ifon.
He said, ‘’The major outlet of these criminals is the road linking Edo and Ondo States through Okeluse Bridge, the contract for the construction of which was awarded in 2008 but abandoned by the Federal Ministry of Works and it remains one of the dangerous spots posing serious security threat to the inhabitants of the area. The road linking Imeri and AiyegunIe in Edo State has been abandoned for over ten years in spite of the yearly budgetary allocation of the sum N200 million year in year out without any sign of work: This is another outlet for criminals within the Local Government.’’
‘’Deeply concerned that for as long as these identified areas of the Federal Road remain abandoned, they will continue to constitute hideouts for criminals who could pitch their tents in the adjoining bush around the spots, come out to attack unsuspecting motorists and other road users and run into the bush to take cover”.