Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has expressed his outrage over the assault on his Commissioner for Women Affairs, Olubunmi Osadahun, by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ward 1, Akoko South West Local Council Area, Olumide Awolumate. The incident, which was caught on video and went viral over the weekend, showed the chairman hitting the commissioner with a chair during an altercation over the distribution of palliative.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, Governor Akeredolu condemned the assault and emphasized that acts of violence would not be tolerated by his administration. He vowed to utilize the full force of the law to ensure that the culprit is brought to justice.
“We remind the public that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition, VAPP, law prohibits all forms of violence against persons and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishments for offenders,” said Akeredolu. “There are better ways to seek remediation or express concerns where necessary.”
The governor also assured the public that his administration would continue to prioritize the distribution of palliatives to the most vulnerable in the communities. He asked for understanding and support in this endeavor.
The assault on Commissioner Olubunmi Osadahun has sparked widespread condemnation from various quarters within and outside the state. Many individuals and organizations have called for a thorough investigation into the incident and for appropriate actions to be taken against the perpetrator.
The video of the altercation, which lasted only a few seconds, shows the APC chairman, popularly known as ‘Cuba’, hitting Commissioner Osadahun with a chair. The assault left her with injuries and a swollen face.
The incident has raised concerns about the safety of public officials and the need for measures to prevent such acts of violence. It has also highlighted the importance of addressing grievances through peaceful means and dialogue.
Governor Akeredolu’s swift response to the assault demonstrates his commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of individuals. His statement serves as a reminder that violence is not the solution to conflicts and that there are legal channels available for seeking justice.
The governor’s emphasis on the VAPP law is significant, as it provides a comprehensive framework for addressing violence against persons and ensuring the protection of victims. By invoking this law, Akeredolu is sending a clear message that his administration will not tolerate any form of violence.
The call for a thorough investigation into the incident and for appropriate actions to be taken against the perpetrator reflects the public’s demand for justice. It is crucial that the authorities swiftly identify and apprehend the assailant, ensuring that they face the full weight of the law.
In addition to the legal consequences, it is important to address the underlying issues that may have led to this incident. The distribution of palliatives during times of crisis can be a sensitive and challenging task. It is essential to ensure transparency and fairness in the process to avoid disputes and conflicts.
Furthermore, efforts should be made to promote dialogue and understanding between political leaders and government officials. Building strong relationships and fostering a culture of respect can help prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
As the investigation into the assault continues, it is crucial for the authorities to keep the public informed about the progress and any actions taken. Transparency and accountability are essential in maintaining public trust and confidence in the justice system.
Governor Akeredolu’s strong stance against violence and his commitment to justice are commendable. It is now up to the relevant authorities to ensure that the perpetrator is swiftly brought to justice and that measures are put in place to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The assault on Commissioner Olubunmi Osadahun is a disturbing incident that highlights the need for zero tolerance for violence. Governor Akeredolu’s response and the public’s demand for justice demonstrate the importance of upholding the rule of law and protecting the rights of individuals. It is essential that the authorities take appropriate actions to address this incident and prevent similar acts of violence in the future.