……they only harass LG staff who refuse them stipends
Kemi Aweda, Osogbo
The Chairman of Ede North Local Government Area, Osun State, Mr Daud Akinloye on Monday refuted the claimed that the council was attacked and he was kidnapped by some thugs in the early hours of Monday.
The LG Chair speaking on Monday said, “Nobody attacked the council and I was not kidnapped. That claim is a lie! The last time the council was attacked was on Saturday, October 24, 2020, when some looters invaded our premises and carted away properties.”
He explained that some thugs identified as Atapara boys and some residents of the community have been ensuring security for the council because of the non-availability of the policemen in the community since the EndSARS protest snowall to violence.
Reacting to the issues of harassment, Akinloye said, “the LGA doesn’t want to pay them and those who refused to pay them were known. The thugs had intelligence that told them that some of the staff were not agreeing to give them money for their stipend, so those staff that refused to give them stipend they harass them in town. Nobody attacks the council. They are guiding the council, I am at the council as I am speaking to you and they are all here.”
His words: “We have been using thugs since the EndSARS protest turned violent. The thugs are in charge, they are in control of the council ensuring security for our properties. Policemen are not available to rescue people again, it is thugs that are securing people around and it is thugs that even proving security to our local government now. The Atapara boys are the ones who lead other reasonable people in the community to send away the looters, they are the ones that are helping the local government to recover the looted properties since Saturday of the attack.
They were on the ground because the police are not answering anybody. The thugs are on the ground to protect the LGA but if you go to them and abuse them and they slap you, then you provoke them.”
“They volunteered to help in protecting LGA properties. They are the ones that ensure our security else we wouldn’t have come to work today.