The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN), said it has received with concern the news of the abduction of Hon. Justice Abdul Dogo.
Justice Dogo is a judge of the Federal High Court, Akure Division,and was said to have been kidnapped at Ibilo, Edo State, while returning from Abuja.
In his reaction to the incident, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu through a release issued Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ojo Oyewamide said though the incident happened outside the territory of Ondo State, the kidnap of any Nigerian anywhere must elicit a pan-Nigerian reaction and empathy.
” In this particular case, Mr Governor is disturbed and deeply concerned that Dogo serves the Federal Judiciary in Ondo”, Oyewamide said.
While charging the Ondo State Police Command to synergize with its Edo and Kogi counterparts to effect the early release of Justice Dogo, Governor Akeredolu admonishes that ”seemingly incorrect narratives on the heels of such critical situations as kidnap are capable of disrupting the focus and attention of the appropriate intelligence architectures.
”The case of Justice Dogo who was said to have been kidnapped in Ondo rather than Ibilo in Edo State is a relevant case study that could hamper proper and adequate intelligence gathering.”
In its reaction, the Ondo State Police Command said its attention has been drawn to a news trending to the fact that a high court judge , Justice Abdul Dongo was kidnapped in Ondo state.
“Much as we empathize with the family of the victim, the Command wants to make it clear that the incident did not happen anywhere in Ondo state. The incident actually happened in ibilo Edo state.
‘However we are working in tandem with our colleagues in whose jurisdiction this incident happened to ensure that His Lordship is rescued unhurt and also apprehend the perpetrators.
“We appeal to anyone with useful information that could lead to his rescue and the arrest of the culprits not to hesitate to let the Police know.
“The Ondo State Police command hereby enjoins the good people of the State to go about their normal businesses as we are working to ensure that citizens of the State do not only enjoy this “ember” months but also enjoy a peaceful atmosphere throughout the forthcoming yuletide”, the Ondo State Police Command said.