Residents of Igbotako in Okitipupa Local government area of Ondo State have raised the alarm over the massive criminal activities perpetrated by youths in the area.
The residents said they were embarrassed and terrified by the growing spate of criminal activities in the community.
Leader of the community, Chief Paddy Arikawe, who lamented the involvement of youths in the community in criminal activities, said all cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism in the community were disgraceful.
Chief Arikawe advised parents to caution their children as he said the police were coming to the town for a serious business.
The community leader spoke at a one day security summit held at Igbotako on Thursday.
He said: “We can’t hide our problems in this community any longer because we have miscreants and irresponsible elements among our youths and we want the command to come and save us. The community will join hands with you, the CP to get rid of criminals in our town.”
The State Commissioner of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju warned Youths in the area to desist from criminal act or face the wrath of the law.
The Police Commissioner particularly sounded a strong note of warning to youths in Igbotako who were reportedly engaging in various sorts of crimes.
Adeyanju solicited the supports of the residents in tackling the security concerns in the community.
The Summit was put together by the Igbotako Community Development Council (ICDC) to profer solutions to the increasing security threat in the community.
The Commissioner of Police, who described the series of criminal activities being perpetrated by youths in the area as disturbing, added that the command was battle ready to fortify the community and its environs.
Adeyanju, however urged youths in the community who are into Kidnapping, Cultism, Armed Robbery and other criminal acts to have a rethink as the command has mapped out strategies to deal with anyone involving in such acts.
“I was so touched and moved when leaders led by Chief Paddy Arikawe and fours others in this community came to my office about two weeks ago and reeled out the criminal activities in Igbotako and I told them I will be at the summit today to address the community.
“I want to warn our youths in Igbotako and other neighboring towns that our command is battle ready to deal with anyone found to be involved in all these criminal acts.
“The Kabiyesi has given me name of some groups in the community, such as Ojota boys, Idi Aba boys, Lions Junction and other tips that I will not mention but I want to assure everyone that you will begin to see results of our intervention in Igbotako any moment from now”, the commissioner of Police said.