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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said perpetrators of the violence that led to the death of three persons in Omuo-Ekiti during Saturday’s Ekiti East Constituency 1 House of Assembly by-election will be charged with murder today.
The governor, who paid a condolence visit to the palace of Olomuo of Omuo Ekiti, Oba Noah Omonigbehin, in Omuo- Ekiti, said the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Mobayo, had confirmed to him the arrest of those responsible for the violence.
Fayemi, accompanied by the Senator representing Ekiti South, Senator Abiodun Olujimi; Mobayo; Special Adviser on Security Matter, Brig-Gen Ebenezer Ogundana (rtd) and other stakeholders said the development had nothing to do with politics, adding that the law will take its course in the matter to serve as a deterrent to intending criminals.
The governor who visited the crime scenes also paid a condolence visit to the families of the deceased.
He also visited some of the injured at the Methodist Hospital in Omuo-Ekiti and the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti (FETHI), where he promised that the state government would settle the medical bills of those in the hospital and assist the families of the deceased in order to cushion their pains.
Fayemi said prior to the election, he had engaged Olujimi and other major stakeholders in the community on the need for peaceful conduct of the by-election and the progress of the constituency.
The governor told journalists at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido- Ekiti that he was disturbed by the violence during the election.
He said: “There is no election that is worth the blood of any citizen of this state.
“This is unacceptable and those who are found culpable will have to face the maximum wrath of the law, but that can’t bring back those whose lives have been lost.
“I have visited all those who were injured and I have assured their family members and I have also spoken to the Chief Medical Director here and I think they are being looked after with competent care.
“Government shall be responsible for all the expenses of the people who were injured and those who have lost family members too whatever we can do to reduce the level of pain, the government will try and do that.”