Governor Abiola Ajimobi has tasked the police in Oyo State to be harsh on perpetrators of the mayhem in which 20 houses and 30 shops were razed in Ibadan at the weekend.
The governor, who spoke through his deputy, Moses Alake Adeyemo, made the demand on Monday when he paid an on-the-spot visit to the affected areas.
He called on the police to fish out the arsonists and let them face the full wrath of the law.
Also in the company of the deputy governor for the inspection was the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, who confirmed that 11 suspects are already in police custody in connection to the dastardly act.
A gang of street boys had wreaked havoc on some parts of the metropolis in what was suspected to be a reprisal mission.
The act was said to have affected the structures on both sides of the road from the Idi-Arere to Sakapena where goods worth millions of naira were either looted or consumed in the inferno.
Some of the affected structures in the areas included clothing retail outlet, pharmacy, soft drink sellers, electronic shops, ware houses, frozen foods retailer shop, tailoring shops and hairdressers’ shop.
According to eyewitnesses, the arsonists first looted properties from the affected structures before burning them down.
While calling for calm as the police continues with its investigations, Governor Ajimobi urged politicians not to use the unfortunate incident to play politics, saying the state has enjoyed unprecedented peace since the beginning of his administration.
He also promised government’s assistance to victims of the incident.
“One of the cardinal programmes of this administration is securing the lives and properties of the citizens and we will leave no stone unturned to see that peace and security is sustained. These hoodlums are inhumane, callous and barbaric and they should be treated as such. The State Government will do all within its reach to ameliorate the pains of the affected persons and the perpetrators of this evil act will be brought to book in due course.
“We want to appeal to our citizens to be vigilant and provide useful information to the law enforcement agents. Also, our parents should take care of their wards and warn them against being agents of destruction. The government will not hesitate to enforce its power on whoever is bent on causing crisis in the state,” Governor Ajimobi added.