Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has warned persons, who are illegally in possession of arms and ammunition, to turn in such weapons within seven days from Friday, Oct. 30.
The governor gave the ultimatum in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, on Friday in Akure.
Akeredolu directed that the arms and ammunition should be returned to the Commandant, South West Security Network, Amotekun, at Pa Fasoranti’s Gardens, Alagbaka, Akure.
He also warned those with such arms and ammunition to take advantage of the “window of grace” to turn in the deadly weapons, as security agencies would take necessary steps against defaulters after the seven-day ultimatum.
“Those who find it difficult to physically present such arms and ammunition for obvious reasons are advised and indeed, encouraged to call 08079999989 for further advice and instructions on appropriate steps to be taken,” he said.
Besides, the governor expressed concern over the low level of policing in Ondo State.
“The general observation across the state shows a very low level of policing, which is risky to society. Of note, policing is key and can only thrive on a note of mutual trust and respect.
“We call on the people to strive for a better society and brace up to take maximum advantage of lessons learnt from the unfortunate incidents of the last two weeks.
“Saddening as the events appear, there is no doubt that a fresh orientation, a perception of self-appraisal as well as an encouraging mood of sober reflection pervade the nation,” he said.
Akeredolu, therefore, advised the police “to take up their responsibilities as an institution and take charge of the public space for the good of all”.