Abiodun warns vandals of public property
Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, yesterday sent a strong warning to vandals of public infrastructure and utilities in the state, declaring that anyone found culpable will be punished according to the law.
The governor also disclosed that he would send a bill to the House of Assembly for a punitive measure for anyone caught vandalising public utilities.
Abiodun, who gave the warning while speaking at the Special Church Service to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, held at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, noted that the warning became necessary due to activities of vandals, who have stolen the poles and cables of the newly installed street lights on the Abeokuta-Siun-Sagamu road.
He said: “Last night, we were coming from Ijebu-Ode and noticed that some parts of the lights were not on and on enquiry, we were told that some poles were vandalized and the cables were stolen.
“I will be sending a bill to the House of Assembly for a punitive measure for anyone caught vandalising public utilities.
Let parents warn their children and wards. I won’t entertain any calls from parents whenever anyone is caught in the act of cultism, vandalism, banditry or any other criminal activities.
“We will find them out and the full weight of the law would be brought upon them. We will make an example of them.”
On the special church service, Abiodun said that the Armed Forces Remembrance Day was specially chosen to celebrate the servicemen and women whose job it is to protect the people even to the point of paying the ultimate price, describing it as the ultimate act of patriotism.
The governor, who took a swipe at those who continue to sow the seed of discord in the country, said the best way to support members of the Armed Forces apart from paying their entitlements and taking care of the widows and orphans of the fallen heroes, was to ensure that peace prevails in the country.
He stressed that his administration would continue to encourage peaceful co-existence among all Nigerians, while security apparatus in the state has been re-jiged with modern gadgets, just as the farmers/herdsmen clashes had been curtailed.
In his sermon titled: ‘Heroes of Faith, Our strength’, the Provost, Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, Very Reverend (Dr.) Issac Adeniji, regretted that the world has witnessed many senseless wars, which had led to the loss of millions of lives and made many women widows, children and orphans.
The Clergy, who took his text from Hebrews 11: 32, likened Nigeria’s uniformed men and women to the people of old who were risks takers, saying that it was expedient that Nigerians continue to pray for those who lost their lives in the course of maintaining peace in the country and other parts the world, and those they left behind.
He, therefore, called on the authorities to pay ex-servicemen and women their entitlements and not to wait until their demise, while the welfare of the widows and orphans of the fallen heroes should also be accorded prompt attention.