Akeredolu calls for calm over alleged attack on Ondo indigenes in Plateau

Following the clash that occurred in Plateau State over the weekend, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged residents of the state against taking laws into their hands over an alleged attack on indigenes of the state during the crisis.

While assuring that the situation is under control, Akeredolu said that he had received report the Plateau State tragedy where some people believed to be indigenes of Ondo State were attacked.

According to the governor, with the true identity of victims of the attack yet to ascertained, “an unconfirmed number of deaths are believed to have been recorded while some are severely injured in the said attack.”

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu had received a report over the incident from his Plateau State counterpart.

“The incident was a case of mistaken identity. The victims, according to preliminary reports, took a route where crisis between Muslims and Northern Christians had ensued for some time, and that they may have been possibly, mistaken for aggressors.

“Accordingly, either of the two feuding groups in the area could be responsible in this regard.”

Akeredolu, who appealed to the people to refrain from any hasty colouration of the incident maintained that Ondo State indigenes living in Plateau are not targets of any religion or ethnic crisis.

“I have spoken with my brother Governor in Plateau, and he has assured me that the situation is under control. I want to plead with our people to remain calm. From the report I gathered, it is clear some were killed while many others who are injured have been taken to the hospital for medical attention.

“While assuring that justice will be served, I want to plead again that we do not take law into our hands. Let us remain calm.

“I also want to commiserate with the family of all those who have lost their lives in this unfortunate incident. We mourn the departed and feel the pains of their loved ones.”

Meanwhile, Akeredolu assured all indigenes of Ondo state living outside the state of his commitment to their safety.

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