Ogun State Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal decisively with criminal elements in the state in a bid to maintain peace and security.
Abiodun asked those perpetrating crimes to have a rethink as his administration would not run the state like Banana Republic.
He spoke on Wednesday in Ifo town, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun shortly after he had inspected constituency offices of the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo and that of a House of Representatives member, Ibrahim Isiaka which were burnt by arsonists over the weekend.
Speaking with newsmen after he had visited the crime scenes, the governor-elect described the incidences as unfortunate and regrettable.
He asked the Police Command and the Department of State Security (DSS) to ensure that perpetrators of those heinous acts are brought to justice.
Abiodun said: “So, I am using this opportunity to sound a very serious note of warning to all those that have been engaging in cultism across the state, the time for that is off.
“We have an aggressive programme to engage our youths. When we are sworn in on May 29, we will also review that programme to allow every one of them to come and lay down his arms and weapons.
“We will not condone brandishing of weapons and arms in this state. This is not Banana Republic. So, for those that are engaging in that (crimes), they should begin to have a rethink.
“For those that have done this (arson), I have charged the commissioner of Police and the State Director of DSS to bring them to book, they must be brought to justice. We won’t run this state like Banana Republic.”