Residents of Otun-Ekiti in Moba local government area of Ekiti State have appealed to the state government to come to their aid.
The residents are appealing to the state government to come to their aid and end kidnapping in their communities.
They revealed that as a result of Insecurity and kidnapping, lives and valuables had been lost in 2022.
They also lamented that despite the efforts of the police to arrest the perpetrators, the crime has persisted.
They also appealed to the state governor, Abiodun Oyebanji to find a lasting solution to kidnapping and ritual killings in the region.
“I want to appeal to Oyebanji to end insecurity such as kidnappings, stealing and killing in our community in the new year.
"2022 was a very challenging year for us in Otun-Ekiti.
"My friends and I can no longer visit our farms or travel in the evening or early in the morning.
“It is until all the perpetrators of this crime are arrested that peace can be restored, and the farmers will be able to return to their farms with peace of mind", a source shared.
Others disclosed that many indigenes are no longer afraid of kidnappers because they are beginning to fortify themselves spiritually.
They lamented that non-indigenes are afraid of travelling or visiting their farms.
Omotayo Omoleye, an automobile engineer, said the prevailing insecurity has prevented private investors from establishing companies, banks and supermarkets in the area and that many residents had relocated to more secure places.
An indigene of the community, Bayode Ogunmoroti, a teacher, described the activities of kidnappers in the town in 2022 as dreadful.
Ogunmoroti urged the Ekiti government to seek further assistance from the federal government and recruit more security officers, such as the Amotekun corps, to end the activities of kidnapping in the state.
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