The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has warned the state chapter of Accord Party (AP) against playing politics with the grief of the people with its recent comment on the Soka forest horror.
The Interim Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Mr. Dauda Kolawole, in a statement said: “The people of Oyo State are in a state of grief and shock at the horrendous discovery of ritual killers’ den in the state. The situation calls for sober reflection from all and sundry.
“To be confronted with this cheap politicking in the name of infantile accusation by the Accord is like opening the fresh wound of the people of the state who are still mourning their dead and lamenting the ugly incident”, the statement said.
It added that from emerging testimonies of the kidnap victims, it was obvious that the den had been in existence for almost 10 years, a period that covered what it called “the drab government of Senator Rashidi Ladoja” and his successor.
APC said rather than accusing the Abiola Ajimobi-led government of insensitivity, it was the security consciousness of the government that led to the discovery of the den and the prompt response of government had become a thing of commendation from all and sundry.
“We are aware that the Accord had been attempting to use this unfortunate event to come back to reckoning by instigating the people and selling them cheap lies of government using the forest as a camp for mad people. We are also aware that Accord chieftains have infiltrated the rank of sympathisers at Soka with the objective of creating a violent scene and disrupting the peace of the state. Unfortunately for them, the evidence of victims who told the world that they were not insane, have put a lie to their campaign of destruction”, the APC noted.
It would be recalled that the police last weekend discovered an abandoned property at Idi Mangoro area of Soka community with about 15 persons chained down while human bones including skulls and rotting human parts were also found on the property. The building, which was said to belong to Ponti Construction Company, was suspected to be used by kidnappers and ritualist.